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.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...