Gonna be some time before the elk hunting is back up to marginal. There's elk there, but not many, and you'll certainly want to hit the tough to get to spots. But don't forget, you're up against a significat population of longtime locals and college students. Many of whom also do their wildlife field work in 19 and know it like the backs of their hands.
So, some more good news is there's plenty of wilderness and roadless areas, just not many elk to go around. Even more good news is that the tags have been restricted even more this year by another 10%. Yet more good news is there's also unit 7 with that tag has twice the 5 year average success rate of 19(3.4%), and 8 surprisingly is even higher. The last bit of good news is that the season is a month long and you probably don't have very far to drive.
I will be hunting GMU 19 for the first time also, but during the 1st rifle season. Report back after your hunt and let me know your thoughts. I have lived in CO for a couple years now and it seems like the rut is in full force around Sept 15-20th with lots of bugling going on. Good luck!
I've done lots of scouting and have seen only one cow elk? Where the heck are the rest of them? She was alone by Comanche and hourglass lake. Any one seen any elk, no need to tell where just if you have seen them in 19? just to keep my hopes up!! Deer are very plentiful not much for antlers but there were a few.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...