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Video shows hunter's frighteningly close encounter with bull elk

Posted November 22

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Late summer through fall is a time of year when encounters with wildlife often increase.

Last month, we featured a video showing a massive bull elk traipsing through a shopping center in Colorado. And before that, there was the video of a bull elk bugling directly into a hunter’s face.

But the elk seen in these videos are fairly slow moving. For the most part, they saunter around like they don’t have a care in the world. So you may be wondering how fast an elk can actually run.

A new video shared on Stag Valley, a Facebook community dedicated to big game hunting, shows just how incredibly speedy they are when they want to be.

The slow-motion video begins with a large elk sprinting across a wooded hillside. As it passes through dense trees, the bull’s antlers ricochet from side to side. Undeterred, it continues on its path, which happens to pass extremely close to the hunter who is filming the action.

With the massive animal rapidly approaching, the hunter ducked behind a tree for cover. He then filmed the animal as it retreated farther into the woods.

It’s stunning to watch how effortlessly the elk leaped over fallen trees and made its way through the brush. And it's also a little jarring to think what would’ve happened if the elk's path had come closer to the hunter and the two had made contact.

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." You can contact him at www.grant-olsen.com.

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