Dude, don't fret over the fires, the elk will be fine. The pine beetles and dense forests that need some thinning will burn this year but next year the browse and graze will be twice as healthy. Hunt the burns next year and elk will be feeding in them. Stanley's forests are all half dead anyways. The fires are natures way of healing since we won't mange forests. Elk can't live in dense pines. They need grass. I'm surprised you expect to see elk anyways. Wolves maybe, but elk? just kidding, well for now anyways.
As the allure of hunting big whitetails becomes more and more a passion for many, we are finding that the recent (historically speaking) popularity of hunting deer from a tree stand is becoming the way to do it. I'll make no statement either for or against that technique here. This will be simply an essay on what I feel are some outstanding rifles for tree stand use.
Before we go even one more step, let's all remember that safety is first and foremost for anyone wanting to hunt...