Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Previews of coming W.Va. attractions

Southern West Virginians are in for a treat.

Sometime within the next year or so, state wildlife officials will stock elk into portions of Logan and Mingo counties. The herd will be allowed to grow until it spreads over all of four counties — Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming — and parts of Boone, Lincoln and Wayne.

The treat will come during the elk mating season, which begins in late August and can extend through October. When they’re in a romantic mood, bull elk advertise their presence by making a sound known as “bugling.” It sounds sort of — well, it’s hard to describe. It’s probably better to hear it for yourselves. YouTube contains several examples of it; here is a brief one: