elk water, ponds vs. creeksContributors to this thread:
Mark S 04-Oct-21
greg simon 04-Oct-21
I find elk water often in ponds - even dirty, muddy, algae filled nasty ones -when clean clear running creeks are 200 yards away. Have you noticed this? Has anyone notice elk preferring cleaner water?
From: Mark S
I’ve observed that too!
Yep. I don't get it, but I have seen the same thing too.
Only hunted Elk a couple of times. But, isn't a Elk wallow akin to a Whitetail scrape with a leaving scent purpose? Clear running creek would eliminate or minimize scent. Just my .02's. More of a question than an answer.
“ He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”
Ungulates, sheep/elk like still water and green meadows. Running water makes it hard to hear predators.
Killed 7 elk in 10 years hunting over a particular water hole. Muddy, pissed in...they didn't care.
Whitetails prefer a mudhole too, go figure.
I rented a horse once for a hunt and there was a “babbling brook” about 100 yards from our camp. It was a fairly leisurely stream running thru a meadow with some small pockets of water. We tried for 3 days to get the horse to drink there. Finally gave up and had to take him a mile away to a pond.
Even pronghorns prefer drinking water in a dirt tank, or even overflow on the ground next to a metal drinker, over drinking the clean water directly from the drinker. Maybe the minerals they get, maybe flavor? LINK also makes a ood point that streams cover the sound of danger approaching.
Glad you guy observed the same thing, I questioned it for years!
We had no issues getting horses to drink from a loud creek fyi, good theory about noise LINK!
Sometimes, the nastier the better. Killed a nice bull out of this hole after he took a drink, while his cows were all swimming in it.
From: greg simon
You know what they say. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink...
Don't think animals like ice cold water. My cows would drink water out of the warm water tank than the fresh cold water tank.