Way out there in the back of the big hay field, the elk have been taking up residence.
No doubt about it, they are a sneaky bunch. They know our feeding schedule for the cows. They hear the equipment as we haul hay to the outside mangers and once we clear the screen, the herd tiptoes back into the field to graze and lounge throughout the day only to leave again for the evening chores.
It’s hard to get a good count because they are so quick, but as close as I can figure the herd is more than 40 strong at this point, they are making a lot of mess with hoof prints from the skirmishes and they are nibbling any grass that pokes as it pokes out of the snow.