I carried my son up into the mountains Saturday to photo some animals. We were amazed to find a huge 370 class bull bugling and herding cows and beating the crap out of bushes. He was in a rutting rage peeing on himself, pawing the ground and throwing sod 20 feet in the air with his horns. He had about 20 cows in his harem and ran a 5x6, 5x5 and two spikes clear out of site out of the herd. This is August 23 folks not September. I speak good elk and tried to tell the boy he is a bit early but he was convinced it was September 23. I have hunted elk 35 years and this is the earliest documented behavior I have ever seen of a trophy bull displaying rutting behavior in the wild. Anyone else ever seen this behavior so early. I don't mean bugling, I mean in a full fledged rutting rage. Get fired up guys, the elk are bugling.