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Thu., Oct. 6, 2011, 8:03 a.m.

Elk on stage at CM Russell Wildlife Refuge

Elk at C.M. Russell National Wildlife Area north of Lewistown, Mont., in September, 2011. (Rich Landers)
Elk at C.M. Russell National Wildlife Area north of Lewistown, Mont., in September, 2011. (Rich Landers)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- One of the best wildlife viewing stages anywhere in September and early October is the cottonwood bottom along the elk viewing area in the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge60 miles north of Lewistown, Mont., (my hometown). 

Even though the elk are in the rut, they know exactly where the elk viewing area boundary is... where archery elk season hunters lurk. Yet the elk come out and put on a show of bugling and mating as if on a stage in front of cars lined up along the dusty refuge road for more than a mile.

Soon the action will disperse, and the show will be over.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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