My Dad and I are heading out to Unit 14 in CO (Routt National Forest) this year for our second Elk Trip in about 3-4 years. We aren't new to hunting, but definitely new to Elk and this particular area, and learned that our approach the first time around was not the best. We will not have the opportunity to scout the area like we would, except for about two days prior to the second rifle season. According to some scouting I've done through the computer and various maps, I've narrowed down an area but was wondering if any experienced hunters have been in the area and would have any advice or knowledge about the area. I'm not asking for your honey hole at all, b/c those are definitely rewarded through hardwork and would love to find our own, but just some good areas to start, or the elevation that they might be at during the second rifle season.
I was thinking the area a few miles East of Clark and North of Seedhouse Road. My next idea is to hunt the public fringes to the private land around that area, thinking that we might catch the Elk going between those two areas. We won't have any ATVs or horses, just our feet, and we aren't afraid to put in the miles either. The disadvantage to this is that we will be coming from Steamboat Springs area every day, and will not be camping out.