Jared welcome BGH! This year has been one of the worst I have ever seen when it comes to the elk.
I only had a cow tag this rifle season and never even seen an elk. I walked 14 miles round trip into one of my hidden holes, and tried many other holes I have in out of the way spots, and found very few tracks. I have been up there since the beginning of archery season and it is truely depressing the way things have been with the elk this year. ,)
If you are willing to work and walk a long ways I would concentrate on Star Mesa, Flat Iron Canyon, and the Badlands.
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...