If your scouting this time of year, I would shoot for the dawn or dusk hours. Elk tend to snooze more through the hot summer days and if you are hunting in thick cover you won't see as many (if any) since they just bed down.
Scope out the watering holes in the area too, some holes will have elk sign in and out.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...