Monday, February 18, 2013

National Elk Refuge

Great View of the Grand Tetons
Great View of the Grand Tetons
Today was a fun day to get out and enjoy the area we live in. About a year a go my wife and I went over to Jackson Hole Wyoming and went on a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. At that time my wife was pregnant with our daughter. Today we both had work off and decided why not go over and see the elk before they drop their antlers.
















We took the 1 1/2 hour drive over the Jackson pass and showed up at the visitors center. We snapped a few pics of my daughter in her Button Buck hat enjoying the displays.



National Elk Refuge
Elk sparing on the refuge
National Elk Refuge


Later we went out on a horse drawn sleigh ride in 29 degree weather and checked out the elk! Our tour guide took us to the bulls because that is what everyone wanted to see even though the larger group of elk were in another section of the refuge. We were able to see some nice bulls, including one that would have scored around 360-370. Even though it was quite chilly, we enjoyed the sleigh ride an had a blast.

baby sleeping
My daughter catching some Zz's
 As you can tell by this pic, my daughter was exhausted after the sleigh ride!
National Elk Refuge

Jackson Hole has had this elk refuge for over 100 years and is a winter home to over 7,000 elk and around 900 bison. The refuge is over 25,000 acres of devoted elk habitat specifically protected and managed to allow elk a safe environment for the winter. To learn more about the National Elk Refuge be sure to visit their website at http://www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge/