Arizona elk

Thousands of hunters are expected to converge on northern Arizona and the White Mountains in search of a bull elk and its prized antlers.

Ron Nichols, / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Early on fall mornings, a piercing screech echoes across meadows in northern Arizona. It’s the frenzied bugle of a big bull elk in rut, trying to lure a harem of cows to breed and continue his line.