I would guess the reason the herd numbers don't come down is due to the limited access in many of the areas mentioned. We have a lot of elk and I do okay getting a cow every year or so and a bull once in awhile but I rarely go hard after them into rough backcountry in the early seasons. There are usually hundreds of leftover cow tags in these units so I don't see where upping the tag numbers will help anything. There is a lot of public national forest up high but the elk don't get hunted as hard up there. When they come down lower after a little snow it's mostly on private land and getting permission is very difficult. Your already allowed 2 elk tags as it is now. All the late seasons are private land only so I would think a late public land hunt would help the most. Hunting scattered blm lands between private in December I could fill tags very quickly.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...