I hunted the Castles a fair bit in college, and the Crazies probably just once or twice. Never saw an elk in either place, not even in the back of someone's truck, but got into some decent deer hunting every once in awhile, just never put it all together. Can't say I really knew what I was doing back then though.
I live near the Crazies. I have never hunted them before. Not sure if they changed the tags to draw only or not. Plenty of elk, and no grizzley bears. More pressure from rifle hunters cause the elk to move to private lands. Still plenty of public land to hunt. Watch out for the high winds!
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...