Elk Cam

The Virginia DWR Elk Cam is offline. We appreciate your interest and hope you visit this site when it returns! Be sure sign up below for the latest wildlife viewing updates on Virginia's elk herd and to hear about new opportunities in Virginia. In the meantime, please enjoy a collection of clips from prior seasons!

About the Elk Cam

Elk are able to share their charismatic presence with all Virginians from the valleys of Appalachia through this live viewing camera. After nearly two years of rigorous work by donors and volunteers, the “Elk Cam” is now live to see elk while they are active during September and October as breeding season approaches.

The Elk Cam will run annually from mid-August (when we expect calves and cows to rejoin the herd) through November. Elk rut peaks between late September and early October and will have the greatest amount of all-day elk activity.

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Where to View Elk in Virginia

Three viewing stations are now open and are located on Buchanan County IDA (Industrial Development Authority) property, which is located near Poplar Gap Community Park. Each station was built on a different area of the property overlooking individual “viewing zones,” roughly within 1-mile proximity.

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Learn More About Elk in Virginia

Elk are a native part of the Virginia wildlife community. Lack of regulations and over-hunting led to the last elk in Virginia being harvested in 1855. A restoration effort in the early 1900s eventually failed again in 1970. Elk are now found throughout an Elk Management Zone comprised of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties.

The Outdoors Are Better Together

Elk Cam Made Possible by Generous Support From

  • iGo
  • CNX
  • SWVA Sportsmen
  • Vansant Lumber
  • Appalachian Power

The Virginia Wildlife Grant Program, a partnership between DWR and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia to connect youth to the outdoors, is proud to support this connection to our elk herd!