Elk in Love Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Jewell, Oregon

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Watch bull Roosevelt elk gather in open meadows to bugle and battle as the fall rut, or mating season, swings into full heat. The best bet is to start at the developed parking and viewing area by the wildlife area headquarters. Restrooms, an interpretive kiosk, and brochures about the area are available there. From the parking area, there is an expansive view south and west across the meadow next to Fishhawk Creek, where elk congregate. Beyond the meadow is dense forest. Scan the surrounding area for bull activity. Listen carefully for bugling. The long, high-pitched whistle is beautiful to hear and will help you zero in on the elk’s location. If you are really lucky, you may even see two bulls sparring in an epic battle for dominance.

Elk in Love: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"Watch bull Roosevelt elk gather in open meadows to bugle and battle as the fall rut, or mating season, swings into full heat. The best bet is to start at the developed parking and viewing area by the wildlife area headquarters. Restrooms, an interpretive kiosk, and brochures about the area are available there.

From the parking area, there is an expansive view south and west across the meadow next to Fishhawk Creek, where elk congregate. Beyond the meadow is dense forest. Scan the surrounding area for bull activity. Listen carefully for bugling. The long, high-pitched whistle is beautiful to hear and will help you zero in on the elk’s location. If you are really lucky, you may even see two bulls sparring in an epic battle for dominance."

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Jewell
Duration: 2 hours plus driving time
Season: Best mid- to late September
Local Contacts: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk in Love: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

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