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Elk Weathervane – Bugling

Bugling Elk Weather Vane


Our Bugling Elk Weather Vane, Cervus canadensis, (also known as a Wapiti Weather Vane) is one of our most popular wild animal designs. The stance of a bugling elk is very distinctive against the skyline; instantly recognizable, even from a distance. The call of a bugling elk is unforgettable and one of the most surprisingly distinctive sounds in nature, akin to the howl of the gray wolf.

We normally construct our Elk Weather Vane with a copper body and brass or optional gold leafed antlers and ‘target’ (rump, tail area). Because every weathervane is crafted to order, we can personalize it to our customer’s specifications. We also use brown glass taxidermy eyes to give it a lifelike appearance.

We heavily texture the elk’s neck rough and belly section to match the fur markings of real elk. As soon as this weathervane is installed, the copper will begin to weather a dark chocolate brown color. If the antlers and white rump ‘target’ are gilded, the contrast is quite striking.

A fairly recent variation we are offering with many of our weathervanes is a half arrow tip and fletching rather than a full arrow tip and fletching. The Tasmanian Tiger and Tasmanian Devil to the left shows an example of this newer style which has the advantage of allowing the main subject of the weathervane to span the length of the arrow, thereby increasing its size within the overall context of the design. For example, the Elk Weathervane shown here was made in the three-foot size, but the Elk itself is only about 28 inches in length. If ordered with the half arrow tip and fletching (see Tasmanian weathervane), the Elk would be fully three feet in length. Customers can specify their arrow preference when placing their order.

Elk ranks high on the list of readily identifiable mascots and logos, being the embodiment of strength, prowess and courage. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American fraternal order and charitable social club founded in 1868, claiming nearly one million members.

The elk, or wapiti, is the second largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family, Cervidae, only the moose, Alces alces (called an ‘elk’ in Europe), is larger. Wapiti are almost identical to the red deer found in Europe and only the males have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter.