Today while heading home from camp we had the most amazing experience on Winslow Hill. We were driving through just before noon when we noticed 2 cars stopped on the side of the road and someone wildly gesturing towards the field to the left. My initial response was that there was a newbie who spotted an elk in a field and was freaking out. Then I looked and saw about 20 or so elk walking through the field. I was impressed, but that was not too unusual.
It was just then I was about to pull past the cars and out of the corner of my eye I see about 5 elk sprinting down towards the road. I of course waited for them to cross and then it happened. The largest heard of elk I have seen in a long time started pouring out of the woods and down across the road to the front and rear of me. They were coming to fast and in numbers to great to count, but my gut tells me it was way over 50 and closer to 100 if you include all the ones that were already across when we got there and the ones that were still walking in the field above us that had not crossed yet.
My wife and I were absolutely blown away by the numbers and the pace they were keeping. We were so excited we almost forgot to take photos. We luckily snapped out of our daze and here is a video and some pics we took.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE SECOND STAMPEDE WE FILMED AS WELL. SECOND ELK STAMPEDE VIDEO.
This first pic is of a small section of the largest group of elk that ran in front of us. There were already a lot of elk already across the road and already in the woods where these are heading.
Similar to the first photo this is part of the large group that crossed to the front of us.
Below is the tail end of a smaller group that crossed.
Here are a couple shots of different elk running in front of us. Each photo is of different elk.
This last guy is one I believe I have heard called “Crazy Legs or Crazy Legs Jr.” and he was in full out sprint after cows when he noticed the cars and stopped for just a second. This pic does not do justice to his rack, but trust me he is a beast.
This was truly one of the coolest moments I have experienced elk watching. It happened so fast that we were literally left stunned and amazed. I wish you all could have been there.