I used to hunt there when I was in college, took a large 5x5 one year there, good deer numbers too. But I'm working on some Montana data sets right now, elk density is a little below average for the region at about 2.5 elk per sq. mile, the bulls get pretty beat up to with about 58% of them being harvested and about 7.5% of the bulls are 6 points.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....