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Male or female elk?

BigDanSBigDanS Senior MemberPosts: 6,992 Senior Member
Without antlers, I am no expert.

Is this a bull or cow? We thought cow...

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Without antlers, I am no expert.

    Is this a bull or cow? We thought cow...

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    I'm not real sharp on Elk Anatomy. Without antlers this time of year, it's a crap shoot for me.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,090 Senior Member
    Cow.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,536 Senior Member
    Cow.

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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Cow.

    Concur, at first glace, then I went back and looked more closely and I still think so. We don't really have much for scale but there are clues. For one thing she's ever so slightly sausage backed. A bull will have more of a straight line back. I guess with out scale it could be young of the year but I just gon't think so. BTW whoever took that pic did a great job and rhose look like long range targets in the back ground.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    Pencile necked geek
    cow
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,674 Senior Member
    Cow....A bull this time of year still has rather prominent nubs on his head where his antlers used to be....

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    For sure a cow. Know how to tell the difference?

    Same way you tell the difference between a bull or a young heifer. :tooth:
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,090 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    For sure a cow. Know how to tell the difference?

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  • Dr. dbDr. db Senior Member Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    Cow: Notice the sleek hips, the sidelong come hither look, the jaunty tilt of the head.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,702 Senior Member
    Dr. db wrote: »
    Cow: Notice the sleek hips, the sidelong come hither look, the jaunty tilt of the head.
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  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    The hair on the sides isn't yellowish, when bulls are in with the cows there is quite a difference in color.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,572 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    elk_zps1a65853c.jpg

    That's the same look I get when standing at a urinal. :tooth:
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Dr. db wrote: »
    Cow: Notice the sleek hips, the sidelong come hither look, the jaunty tilt of the head.

    I thought it was the look of disapproval that gave her away.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    timc wrote: »
    I thought it was the look of disapproval that gave her away.

    Yeah, she's got that look that says, "What are those clowns up to now?" :tooth:

    The elk that got transplanted in TN are colored a little different. The bulls I've seen at the Royal Blue WMA have a lot more dark brown hair on their bellies than the cows.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,536 Senior Member
    To me the first telling thing is posture. Of course you have to live in an area where you get to see these critters relatively routinely, but after a while you can pretty much tell the difference just by the way they stand. Same goes for pronghorn. Since pronghorn does sometimes have horns, mistakes can happen pretty easily. The buck pronghorns also have black cheek patches, but if they're too far away to see the patches, 9 times out of 10 you can tell which they are simply by how they stand.

    It's kind of hard to describe, but the males just look dominant.

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  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    To me the first telling thing is posture. Of course you have to live in an area where you get to see these critters relatively routinely, but after a while you can pretty much tell the difference just by the way they stand. Same goes for pronghorn. Since pronghorn does sometimes have horns, mistakes can happen pretty easily. The buck pronghorns also have black cheek patches, but if they're too far away to see the patches, 9 times out of 10 you can tell which they are simply by how they stand.

    It's kind of hard to describe, but the males just look dominant.

    Mike

    ...Mike's right, you can usually tell a buck or bull by they way they move, even when you can't make out the horns...
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,889 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Without antlers, I am no expert.

    Is this a bull or cow? We thought cow...

    elk_zpsdefd296d.jpg



    Heck, just looks like dinner to me.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    To me the first telling thing is posture. Of course you have to live in an area where you get to see these critters relatively routinely, but after a while you can pretty much tell the difference just by the way they stand. Same goes for pronghorn. Since pronghorn does sometimes have horns, mistakes can happen pretty easily. The buck pronghorns also have black cheek patches, but if they're too far away to see the patches, 9 times out of 10 you can tell which they are simply by how they stand.

    It's kind of hard to describe, but the males just look dominant.

    Mike

    I agree when it comes to pronghorns. What I look for is the forward lean. Bucks tend to lean forward more so than the does do.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,536 Senior Member
    :up::up:
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    I agree when it comes to pronghorns. What I look for is the forward lean. Bucks tend to lean forward more so than the does do.

    I learned that from you, dude!
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  • remmagremmag Member Posts: 92 Member
    They have clinics in Sweden that can make you anything you want to be, so...unless you are close enough to see the scars, could be a cross-dresser. They all cook up the same though.
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