Cowgal you are absolutely right however in places like Utah you have to draw 100% of rifle cow tags. Meaning only so many people get the "premium" tags and the rest are forced to hunt heavily hunted land with low elk density. You can scout your guts out in these areas and the elk can very simply move on by the time the hunt rolls around. I can at anytime go to the right area and see elk everywhere but good luck getting those tags every year.
I'm not trying to start a debate with you, I just think that to if Joe hunter goes on the average elk hunt he shouldn't expect to see what the author of the article described.
Oh I agree. Living in an area with elk (or any game) has its advantages. To us it looks like they're everywhere all the time, but that is not the case at all. During hunting season with lots of pressure, they do move around a lot and its hard to predict where they'll be or if they'll even be in a specific unit. In CO we have both OTC tags & draw tags for trophy units. The non-trophy units have lots of pressure & few trophy elk, but they are excellent for cow elk.
You're probably right that the article is a bit misleading, especially for the fall seasons. The author should have specified that this is more likely very late in the year. In CO we have some very late cow elk seasons, in December.