Nestled in the hills of northern Putnam County, this off-the-beaten-track experience provides a closeup look at a herd of elk with informative tours of the farm and its products.
What are these legendary animals of America’s West doing in central Indiana? They’re waiting to be discovered by visitors to Bugle Valley Elk Farm! If you’re lucky, you’ll see the bulls shedding their antlers or a calf being born, and you might hear the bugling of the bulls during mating season.
Situated on 240 acres of hills and valley in northern Putnam County, Bugle Valley Elk Farm has been in the Clodfelter family for just shy of 100 years, with four generations raising a variety of livestock over the decades. It was 15 years ago that owner Gene Clodfelter decided to take livestock in a new direction.
Located in Roachdale, the farm is open for tours by appointment. Tours feature a wagon ride through the 240 acres over which the 75 elk are spread. They offer the chance to see big bull elk, cows, spikers, and calves up close during feeding time. Special times to see the farm include bulls shedding their antlers in March and April, the birth of calves in May and June and the bugling of the bulls during mating season from early September through November.