They don't come much better than this: a bull elk bugling at sunrise then teaching the sagebrush a lesson.
We've all seen plenty of elk footage in the past. This clip, shot in Northwest Wyoming, just might take top prize. It begins with a monster bull elk silhouetted against the stunning crimson sky of the rising sun.
He then bugles. No sound in nature is more captivating, or easily recognizable, than the bugle of a bull elk. It can literally make chills run down your spine. Talk about intimidating your rivals!
Any doubts as to whether this bull rules the roost? Judging from the other males shown in this clip, he doesn't have to worry about his luck with the ladies.
One rut behavior missing from this clip is the trusty wallow pit. If you've never seen up-close action of a bull elk working one, you have to watch this video.
The majestic elk is an animal we all love and respect, and this clip certainly reinforces that.