As I rounded a corner I spotted five bull elk very near the road. I grabbed for the camera and started shooting, then realized there were more ahead. By the time I found the end of the group I had counted 35 bulls feeding, fighting and not paying much attention to me.
Just a little further down the road was a herd of over 130 elk and a buffalo.
Crossing into Custer State Park I saw the seventh and eighth coyotes I had found as well. To my surprise not only did they stick around for photos, but they stood still and howled at me!
Thanking Mother Nature for a great morning, I headed for Pierre. She wasn't done however as I also came across a cooperative hawk near the Highway 14 and 34 intersection west of Hayes. What a topper to the day!