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!
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...