Elk in Rut Day Tour

elk in river

People come from all over the world in September to photograph the bull elk in rut in Jasper, Alberta. From award winning photographers to European tourists all want to see the large bulls fighting for the mating rights of a female. As an award winning wildlife photographer I will share my expertise and help you on your photography journey whatever your level of skill. I return to Jasper every fall for the elk rut season and know the best places to get great photos. On this day tour we will look for opportunities to showcase elk in a variety of settings to compose stunning images of these majestic mammals. All my day tours are designed to improve your photography skills and provide lots of instruction in the field. 

Jasper is full of photographers this time of year. It is highly unlikely we will be anywhere where there are not other photographers. The elk are also highly aggressive during the rut so it will be important to be alert and I will continually be  observing their behaviour for any warning signs. There will be no issue in finding elk but we will be looking for specific spots that will allow for great habitat shots. 

2024 Tour Dates
September 22
September 24

Costs
Costs $650. An additional maximum of two participants can be added to a day tour for $200 per additional participant. Additional participants will be billed separately and payment for additional participants is due within 14 days of the tour. 

$650 - One participant 
$850 - Two participants
$1050 - Three participants

elk bugling

What is covered in the cost?

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodations for tour
  • In-field photography tips and teaching
  • Light snacks and a limited selection of refreshments

What is not covered in the cost?

  • Transportation to and from Jasper, Alberta, Canada
  • Accommodations
  • Meals

What level of physical activity is required?

  • You may need to be able to carry your own camera gear for up to 2 or 3 kilometers.

What will the weather be like?

  • Usually at this time of the year it can be cool in the morning and be warmer later in the day. Weather however is unpredictable in Alberta and it can range from snowing to sunny, Temperatures tend to be around 0C in the morning and around 10 to 15C later in the day. 
  • In the fall there is always the possibility of snow in the mountains
  • An updated forecast will be provided closer to the actual date of the tour 

What should you bring?

  • Dress in layers, and have good hiking books
  • Plenty of batteries 
  • A lens that has reach to at least 400mm ideally 600mm
  • Tripod is optional, but is not required. I will may or may not be using a tripod. 

 bull elk and cow

Itinerary (subject to change)

6:45 am - pick up at accommodations
7:00 - 7:15 am - arrive at location
7:15 - 10:30 am - photograph elk (we may move between numerous locations during this time)
10:30 - 10:45 am - return to accommodations
2:30 pm - pick up at accommodations
2:45 - 3:00 pm - arrive at location
3:00 - 6:15 pm - photograph elk (we may move between numerous locations during this time)
6:15 - 6:30 pm - return to accommodations

elk in meadow

Why take a tour with me? 

With an undergraduate degree in sciences and a doctorate in Adult Education, I know biology and I know how to teach! An award winning instructor and an award winning photographer I have been a finalist in Nature Photography of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, NANPA, Share the View, WildArt POTY, Nature Canada, Remembering Bears and Nature TTL, included receiving special mentions, commended, Top 100 and Top 250 awards and winning the Grand Prize of Nature Canada's Photo contest in 2023 with a great gray owl photo taken right the region of this tour!

My works have been featured in print in both national and international publications, including the most recent Best Wildlife Photographers of 2023 by Canadian Geographic. Named one of the top 16 wildlife photographers in Canada this past year by influencer digest + I live in Northern Alberta, Canada and specialize in photographing the wildlife of the Boreal Forest. I am a member of the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective and am committed to protecting wildlife in Canada and their habitat. I recently worked on the collective's Crossing Paths campaign highlighting the issues when various modes of transportation intersect with wildlife. I routinely mentor aspiring wildlife photographers and hope to inspire them to tell the story of the wildlife they experience from their own unique perspective and helps her students uncover their unique personal style.

elk in river

Cancellation and Refund Policies

* Full payment is required at the time of booking.
* All cancellations must be received by email.
* All cancellations are subject to fees
* Refund policies 
      - Up to 45 days before the tour $500 refund
      - Between 44 - 30 days before the tour $325 refund
      - Between  29 - 14 days before the tour $150 refund
      - 13 days before the tour no refund
 * If I have to cancel a tour due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. extreme weather, natural disasters, health, unforeseen technical issues) the full amount of the tour will be refunded.  Any expenses incurred by participants in relation to the canceled trip (i.e. travel, hotel, etc) will remain the responsibility of the participants. As such I strongly recommend participants purchase travel insurance for their trip that includes coverage for COVID-related cancellations and trip interruptions.

Participant Agreements
For all tours, each participant will be required to sign a Release of Liability and an Assumption of Risk Waiver before the start of the tour. Some tours may require a non-disclosure of location agreement (great gray owls and fox kits) and you will be asked to sign a photo release form (optional). 

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For more information email me at donna@donnafeledichukphotography.com