I tried something different this year and did a 4th season Colorado elk hunt in unit 45.
I typed up a detailed account of the hunt 2X only to lose it when my curser was off to the side and accidentally hitting the touch pad took me to some Ruger advertisement. So here is the quick story...
Day 1 - nothing but older tracks anywhere from 24 hours old to about 7 days old.
Day 2 - old tracks about a week old Cold night - wife at the camp fire...
Day 3 - tried the mountain range accross Hwy 24 and found approx. 60 elk feeding areas at 11,000 feet.
The tracks went in 3 different directions. Followed the westward tracks until we ran out of daylight and couldn't close the gap. My wife decided after 2 days in a tent in 17 degree night-time temps it was time for a hotel room (thankfully!) so we got a room in Leadville... and a large pizza!
Day 4 - Returned the following early morning and followed the tracks that went up of the mountain top and down the other side. Should have done that the day prior as I think we could have closed the gap on them. Saw nothing more.
Day 5 - weather turned more ugly with high winds and blowing snow. Saw nothing.
Bottom line - no elk and I'm eating the blue tag soup/salad again this year. Now to plan for 2014.