Years ago Hubby and I visited the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge in the early fall. It has been on my list of things to revisit ever since. The bugs are hellacious but the scenery and elk make it well worth the visit.
During the day we sat in the sun enjoying the view along the Missouri River, listening to the invisible elk stomping through the willows, hitting trees and bugling as they went. Just before sunset they began to wonder out into the meadow and the show began. This visit the willows had noticeably begun to fill in the meadow but there was still room for quite a show. Bulls ran from one cow to another trying to keep their harem safe and away from other bulls. An occasional fight would break out but usually the smaller of the bulls would slowly wander off choosing not to expel to much energy.