Yep that sounds like elk hunting. Sometimes that's just how it goes. Don't get down. Do more research, scouting, and talk to locals or see if you can get someone that knows your unit to tell you about it or even invite them to go. It's a long shot but you never know. There is a magazine called "Huntin Fools." Members can call other members about the units they've hunted and if I remember right most units or areas in most states have members asigned to that particular unit to give out advice. You might check out their website:http://www.huntinfool.com/
Good luck. I'll being doing the same for Colorado.