Last night when we weren't distracted by the rattlesnakes, we glassed up quite a few elk. The biggest herd contained 20 cows with a small 5x5 bull running the show. It seemed that his time was limited and that he was just waiting to get kicked out of the herd by a big bull. No bugles have been heard yet. The rut just hasn't quite started. The temperatures are in the low 80's today, but with a low-pressure system in the forecast and the sound of raindrops on my tent wall as I type, there's some hope the rut will kick into gear soon.