The Evolution of an Eight-Point Three-Legged Bull Elk - TRIPOD
Over the years, I've been continually amazed at the power of the internet without truly being able to figure the whole thing out. Web store, blogging, SEO, social networking...information overload! This Christmas Day however, I received an email from a wonderful lady who had been lucky enough to come across photos I have of a Colorado Bull Elk we affectionately named Tripod. How she found them among all the trillions of bits of information I will never wrap my mind around, but what a Christmas gift. She lives in the area we hunt and she had seen (and photographed) Tripod over the years. The first photos are from December 2004 and you can see a much more symetrical rack. She guessed he is about 5-6 years old at this time placing his birth in 1998-1999. With the average life-span of an elk in the wild at 8-12 years, Tripod has easily surpassed the 12 year barrier and from the photos on Christmas Day, looks extremely healthy. Considering the number of hunting seasons, weather elements, predators, and being on three-legs throughout most of his life, Tripod is one amazing Colorado Bull Elk! Thanks again Melinda for the photos.