When I videoed the elk bugling last year in Cataloochee Valley, with a better recording device, chills ran up my spine. Now it is such a thrill to be able to share the experience. It is so powerful to experience it in person that I redouble my focus on understanding more about this majestic creature, so to better covey what I doubt I will ever be able to fully do.
Enjoy this brief video, then we invite you to follow the fine words of Tom Reed.
The Sound of a Bull Elk in Autumn by Tom Reed
If you’ve never heard the bugle of the bull elk during the fall rutting period, you are in for an experience that is at once thrilling and haunting. The sound of a bull elk bugling is something that draws many visitors to Yellowstone each autumn, for it is an experience as memorable as anything you are likely to have in the park. In most cases, the bugle starts low and throaty, rising to a high whistle, then dropping to a grunt or a series of grunts. It’s a sound that is difficult for the human alphabet to imitate, a guttural bellow, a shrill pitch, and a hollow grunting. A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-eeeeeeeeeeeeee-oh. Ee-uh. Ee-uh. Ee-uh. It’s an odd combination that, like the buzz of your first rattlesnake, you’ll never forget. More