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Old 08-24-2007, 01:30 PM
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Wondering if anybody here has been to the East TN areas where the elk roam. If so, have you seen any? I know there's a viewing tower that's been constructed, but wondered what the chances are of seeing some if I drive up that way.

Be going to Knoxville a couple times over the next few months for football games and am thinking about making a detour to take a look....if it's worth the gamble.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:36 AM
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They only released the elk like, 4 years ago, right? I would wait another 2 years if I were you before expecting to see elk.
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:56 PM
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They've released78 elk in the smokeys in 2000. Some of them have migrated towards the Cades Cove area, but if you really want a show, go to the cataloochee valley area. It's on the other side of the smokeys, but that's where they released them and a good population of them are. We were just there last month and saw plenty. My son and I were hiking one of the mountains and came across about 30, with a bull buggling. They had just started to shed velvet when we were ther, so they should be getting cranked up by now. It's pretty cool. heres some pics...


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Old 08-26-2007, 01:57 PM
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one more, we took a bunch!



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Old 08-26-2007, 03:18 PM
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Those have to be the fattest elk i have ever seen They all got big beer bellys on them
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:23 PM
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I forgot to mention, that if you go there, the elk that have tags in their ears are the elk that were released, if they do not have a tag, then they were born there. Most will have radio collars on so they can track them.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:03 AM
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Wow, those are some well nourished elk, I suppose the drought hasn't been so bad over there, lol.

I sure hope they have an elk draw next year, that way, I could start to build some preferance points for 30 years ahead.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:51 AM
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Man that's really cool. I'm glad they did that. I had no idea that had reintroduced them.

Now, if only they would reintroduce Caribou to NY heh
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