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Elk Viewing and Sunrise Hike

September 23 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

North Carolina Elk

Take a sunrise Walk on the Wild Side and explore all things Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join NCWF and Regional Wildlife Biologist, Justin McVey, for an experience of a lifetime.

The elk are in rut in September and early October. During the rut the male elk make their renowned bugling sounds to attract cows. As you enjoy watching the elk grazing in the meadow enjoy learning about their history, characteristics, habitat preference and more.

Our guide is the mountain regional district wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Justin has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from North Carolina State University. He also obtained his Master of Science in wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University studying the food habits of coyotes and red wolves in Eastern North Carolina. Justin has been employed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission since 2005, holding the positions of captive cervid biologist, wildlife technician, permits biologist, and the recent position of district wildlife biologist. This district includes the western 12 counties of North Carolina. The duties of the district biologist include providing technical guidance to landowners regarding wildlife, technical assistance regarding nuisance wildlife, development and review of hunting and trapping regulations, and monitoring of wildlife populations including the management of North Carolina’s elk herd on private and public land.


This event is part of NCWF’s Walks on the Wild Side series that creates opportunities for the public to learn about and connect with the natural wonders of North Carolina.


September 23
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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