It looks serious. Two young bull elk going head to head. Great action!

But wait a minute it’s spring so that means no females going to the victor. This isn’t the elk rut. What’s going on?


Hey there’s another guy other there. I’ll just go and start a fight for no good reason. What a great idea.

A true story my son told me might put this in perspective.

In his early 20s, he went tree planting in the mountains for the summer. Each day they drove from their camp to the worksite. My son’s good friend was the team leader so, of course, he drove the truck with the crew.

Every morning they would drive down the same road and every morning they managed to hit the same large pothole. Finally my son muttered, “Every day,” when they hit it again.

That must have hit the mark because his friend stopped the truck and the two of them wrestled in the ditch for a few minutes before merrily going on their way. Sometimes young guys just need to blow off a little steam.

As I was watching the two elk, the larger kept bugging the smaller one until a tussle ensued. Shortly after they were back to eating again beside each other.

No harm no foul.

Until next time …


Latest Comments

  1. whichwaynow101 says:

    Great to link these photos with your son’s youthful antics


  2. Jocelyne says:

    It’s funny to compare the behaviour of young guys with these elk. Boys will be boys so I guess it’s the same for young bull elk 🙂
    I love these photos, especially the second one.


  3. hannele says:

    Great story, marvellous photos. 🙂


  4. Girl Gone Expat says:

    I guess they are just practicing for the real deal! 🙂 Very good picture anyways, like how they have kicked up the dust in the photo.


  5. Mandy says:

    Ha, we have dogs like that. Clyde is currently sporting a hole in his head courtesy of the much larger Bo. Boys!


  6. Gunta says:

    Now if we could only bottle that excess energy to keep the young ‘uns out of trouble and help the older codgers, we’d be rich! 😉


  7. My Heartsong says:

    Great action shots-guess they are just practising.Gosh, even I used to wrestle with my friends when I was younger but my get-up-and-go has mostly got- up-and-went. LOL


  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful photos, Lyle! Yes, youngsters all need to let off steam. Rutting season is when I worry though – the male deer here make matchwood out of my blueberry bushes, scraping their horns. At night, if I am outside sitting quietly, I can hear the clicking of antler on antler as they spar.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That must be an interesting sound to hear coming from the darkness. The rutting season is certainly time to give the guys a lot more space – I’ve seen some pretty crazed look on bull elks.


  9. Sue says:

    That’s the thing with boys. They pick on each other until they fight and blow off steam, and then they are buddies again. Girls on the other hand….


  10. donna213 says:

    Wonderful shots at a great place. I guess they are just practicing for the ladies. It won’t be long to get into fighting shape.


  11. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great shots ~ the middle one being perfect as it mirrors the story well. And what a perfect, hilarious story it is. Makes me miss being young, foolish and full of life & energy 🙂 Cheers!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I’m with you on that. There is, a times an irrational exuberance, from a seemingly bottomless pit of energy that is fun to spend. Where did it go?
      I’m pleased you noted the middle one because I would never have posted it without the fit to the story.


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