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Filming Elk Stock Video Footage

As is the case for many large mammals, the best place to film elk is in the National Parks of the U.S. and Canada. Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Banff National Parks are especially noteworthy. In addition to filming unafraid elk you may get to see them behaving in an ecosystem with top level predators such as wolves and grizzly bears. Outside of park units, most elk populations are hunted and therefore the animals are very spooky and a challenge for hunter and photographer.

A high quality camcorder or camera, along with a good telephoto lens and a solid tripod is about all you need for capturing elk. Outside of the park units a bugle or call may help entice a bull into camera range. When filming elk its important to remember that they reside in some of our most beautiful landscapes, so don't forget to get a few wide angle shots showing the scenery.

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The Elk

Off all the hoofed animals, the elk may be the symbol of the Rocky Mountains and western North America. But the truth of the matter is that elk were historically at their most abundant in the tallgrass prairies of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and other states and provinces of central U.S. and Canada. Due to habitat destruction and over-hunting the last holdouts were in the inaccessible Rocky Mountains. However, thanks to conservation efforts they have recovered in many parts of their range.

One of the most noteworthy features of elk are their fall breeding displays with males (i.e., bulls) bugling (i.e., calling) throughout the day in night in the months of September and October. A large bull will attempt to drive away other bulls while at the same time maintaining his harem of cows. Evenly matched bulls will have fights that will tear up the earth and may last for a half an hour or more. By the end of the mating season the bulls are exhausted and vulnerable to winter starvation or predators. But come the next spring their efforts will pay off as the calves are born.