I've been trying for some time to capture one of these big guys jumping a fence. I had been told by several people that elk simply push through fences, and couldn't jump them. I waited for more than an hour as a large herd, moving up the Boxley Valley cleared the fence into the next field. Finally, after every cow had moved on, this big guy walked up, paused, and lightly cleared the wire with no effort at all. Although it isn't always the case, my patience paid off.
For students, I chose a high shutter speed, and adjusted f-stop and ISO to achieve correct exposure. Although I always shoot in Manual mode, I could have selected Shutter Priority to select a high shutter speed, and let the camera decide the rest. See Photo Tips for more on that subject. My Drive Mode was also set to Continous to get a burst of shots without lifting the shutter button.