If you're looking for a nice elk at a "value" price, give this guy a second look. He wasn't the biggest boy in the herd, but his coloring is deep, rich and ruddy. Posed in an upright and alert position with his head turned slightly to his right in a gorgeous display of his antlers. Due to his smaller size, we have given him our taxidermy quality rating of Fair.
Quality Rating: Excellent
Dimensions: 60" tall x 43" deep x 26" wide
Hangs from single, well anchored heavy duty screw by the attached hanging hardware
Ships in secure wood crate by freight carrier.
Ships for free in the Continental U.S.
About the Elk
Scientific Name: Cervus canadensis
Elk are also called wapiti, a Native American word that means "light-colored deer." Elk are related to deer but are much larger than most of their relatives. A bull elk's antlers may reach 4 feet above its head, so that the animal towers 9 feet tall.
Bull elk lose their antlers each March, but they begin to grow them back in May in preparation for the late-summer breeding season. During the late summer breeding season the bugling of bull elk echoes through the mountains. These powerful animals strip the velvet off their new antlers using them in violent clashes that determine who gets to mate with whom. Males with the bigger antlers, typically older animals, usually win these battles and dominate small herds.
Elk range in color from dark brown in winter to tan in summer and have a characteristic buff colored rump. The head, neck, belly, and legs are darker than both the back and sides. A dark shaggy mane hangs from the neck to the chest. With a thick body, short tail and long slender legs, mature elk stand almost five feet high at the shoulder. Big bulls can weigh as much as 1000 pounds.