11 and 211 are not exactly the kind of mountains you picture as elk country. There are elk there, but it's not super high elevation, backcountry wilderness stuff. Expect scrub oaks and P-J, some mixed aspen and pine stands too, but not a lot unless you're over 8,000 feet. Road access is very good throughout most of the area, no real need to hike 6 miles anywhere. Pick a parcel, hunt it, and if there's nothing fresh, move on quickly.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...