Elk bugling is one of the classic sounds of autumn in the Colorado mountains. It’s part of an elaborate annual ritual called the elk rut — the sound of elk bulls cruising for a date. Many nature enthusiasts head into the mountains during the elk rut to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. September is high elk rut season, which coincides with the autumn equinox. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s big game manager, Andy Holland, joined Colorado Edition to talk all things elk rut.
Before sunrise on a cool fall day, Jacob Job and Carlos Linares woke up, packed up their bags and headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. Job, a…