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.
Hunting can be slow and frustrating if Mother Nature throws a warm hunting season at you. But things can take a drastic turn for the better with the onset of a cold snap. Whether you get snow or just a good, prolonged cold front, the hunting can improve on a dime. But cold whether can also make certain parts of the hunt more tedious. Here are some things to keep in mind when your prayers for cold weather finally pay off.
You can see a your quarry's breath when it is cold outside...