I helped my buddy on the September archery elk hunt in 6a several years ago and we were into elk 13 days out of the 14 day season. We hunted up in the quiet area on the west side of Mary Lake up in the northeast part of the unit. The only problem with the unit is that they issue way too many tags because of the great elk population, but we still had a great time. Currently he's trying to draw another tag there or in 5BN just to the east of there.
My wife drew a late season cow muzzleloader tag in 6a back in 2009. I never seen so many elk in my life. Every morning driving in to our hunting spot the road would be covered in elk. A few times they would be running right down the road in front of the truck. We were into elk 5 out of the 5 days we hunted. It was her first time hunting so it was hard for us to get a decent shot, she was used to bench shooting and had a hard time adjusting to the scope. The one shot she had at 50 yards turned out to be a rag horn. If I were alone I probably would have tagged out my first morning.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...