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Thread: Bull Elk vs. Cow Elk vs. Mulie scat.... any pictures?

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    Question Bull Elk vs. Cow Elk vs. Mulie scat.... any pictures?

    Last year when we were hunting elk in CO, we were in an area with alot of Mulies and beef cattle. Now the beef cattle dung is obvious, but we somtimes felt that we didn't know the difference between Cow Elk scat and Mulie scat. We think we knew what we were looking at when scoping Bull Elk scat.

    Anyone got any pictures comparing them and showing the differences?

    I'm assuming that the Bull Elk scat is clumped up togther kinda like whitetail buck scat.

    Help a brother out here fellas!



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    Here's some Wyoming Elk Poop


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    As far as muley v elk crap, the size alone will tell you the difference. Elk crap is much bigger. You can also taste it, and elk crap tastes more like grass, while muley crap tastes like bushes. To be honest I don't think there is a real way to tell a cow elk's crap from a bull's. Cows can crap in clumps and bulls crap in pebbles. Again the difference would be the size. Their intestines and bungholes should be pretty much the same.
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    Elk Crap is gonna vary depending on what they're eating. It can go from pebbles (hard mast) to clumps of pebbles to just plain runny (soft grassy forage). Size and the tracks around it tell the story. Never heard you could tell bull from cow, even though I know bullcrap when I see it.

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    Maybe it was mulie buck crap that is in clumps like whitetail buck crap.

    Hmmm......

    For those that know mulie and whitetail scat.... are they about the same size? If so, that will DEFINATELY tip me off, as I know what whitetail scat looks like (buck and doe).

    Thanks guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogood_rounder View Post
    Elk Crap is gonna vary depending on what they're eating. It can go from pebbles (hard mast) to clumps of pebbles to just plain runny (soft grassy forage). Size and the tracks around it tell the story. Never heard you could tell bull from cow, even though I know bullcrap when I see it.
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    If I remember correctly.... elk scat was about the same size as whole pecans. Is that about right?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwietsRick View Post
    Here's some Wyoming Elk Poop

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    When they're individual pellets they usually can cover a nickel. The turds I see aren't round but have irregular faceted sides. Deer turds, especially mulies are usually oblong and round. I'll try to get some photos for ya this weekend, but it'll cost ya a

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    That sounds about right... a whole pecan is about the size of your thumb (tip to the first joint... maybe a little longer). That would definately cover a nickel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogood_rounder View Post
    When they're individual pellets they usually can cover a nickel. The turds I see aren't round but have irregular faceted sides. Deer turds, especially mulies are usually oblong and round. I'll try to get some photos for ya this weekend, but it'll cost ya a
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    Muley and elk are noticably different. Deer is much closer to rabbit turds. Elk is noticably bigger but I would say the size of an individual pellet is about the same diameter as a nickel at best. Moose crap is about the size of your thumb to your first joint and often pretty brown. Elk is usually same color as deer. Dark colored.

    Ok i've had enough crap for one day.
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    not much difference in size/shape/color between muleys and whitetails...as far as poo goes anyway.

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    Here I am showing a novice elkhunter the only reliable method to determine if these are truly elk droppings and the age of them and what they have been eating. Of course he had to take a picture of it for educational purposes. Bear droppings are easier to recognize and taste like pepper if it's grizzly. Sadly enough no alcohol was involved we are just this crazy in our unaltered state.
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    Clumped scat in whitetail areas does not mean it was a buck.

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    I'm kinda disapointed ZA...

    After all this time, I cant believe you dont know crap
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    20 minute old bull elk poo.

    I had to answer to my wife while she reviewed pictures last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmuley View Post
    20 minute old bull elk poo. Ya, looks like it always does.

    I had to answer to my wife while she reviewed pictures last night.
    My wife would be surprised if she didn't find any piles of crap on any of my hunting or scouting pictures. This year I brought home a nice picture of about a 5lb pile of bear crap.
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    You guys are talking a lot of crap...

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