$100.00 – $1,500.00
Bull elk carry their antlers all winter, unlike the other deer family members in the Yellowstone ecosystem, which shed them in December. They will shed them in late March or early April and immeditately start to grow another set. Mature bull elk stress themselves during the mating season in the autumn. They are often below their optimum weight and health level and go into winter at a disadvantage. The positive part of their mating efforts will be that there will be lots of calves born the next spring with their genes. The negative side is that they might not have enough reserve fat and energy to survive a difficult winter.