Royal Bugle Boys

Royal Bugle Boys

Royal Bugle Boys – Bull Elk

Limited Edition of 200, 15″ x 29″ – $150.00

Open Edition  7″ x 14″ – $35.00

 

Bugling elk advertise their presence to other bulls during mating season, commonly known as the rut. By bugling back and forth, the bulls can locate each other to establish dominance through combat. Antlers lock as they push and shove in a wrestling match. Rarely does serious injury occur, but the winner drives the loser away so the dominate bull can mate with the harem of cows to ensure another generation. During the rut, the high-pitched whistle of breeding bulls echoes throughout the valleys challenging any rivals. The calls carry for long distances in the cool, crisp September air becoming an indication that winter will be soon approaching.

In the composition, “Royal Bugle Boys,” two royal stags with six point antlers are about to fight. By bugling back and forth, they have found each other and are preparing to do some serious wrestling. The victor will establish his dominance and the right to breed with the cows in the area. The work of driving away other bulls and breeding a harem is exhausting. The peak weight bulls reached in September is substantially depleted by the end of the rut as the bulls have worn themselves out. They need a period of rest and nourishing food to recover before the harsh weather conditions of winter.

Royal Bugle Boys