Im heading out to idaho in the fall with my father (Sept 17-25th) on an archery DIY elk hunt. Have been doing our research, calling biologists and wardens in the area, getting our camping gear together and practicing shooting a lot, and also been spending time on google maps and looking at different maps of the area that I purchased. My question is, what am I looking for on the maps??. So far ive just been studying the terrain so i somewhat know my way around once out there. But what should i be looking for with the thinking of where the elk should/would be.
The area we are heading to is vehicle restricted so I don't think i really have to worry about staying away from the trails as much as i would in other areas. Would one recommend staying near tree line this time of year?? Im sure this topic has been covered before on this site, but i have not found it in my searches. So if anyone has any advice or even a link to an article or previous post, that would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I also did some research of the area using bing.com maps. And the pictures or aerial photos are excellent, once you zoom in so far they switch to HD pictures which show the cover of an area excellent, much better then google earth, from my point of view, at least for the aerial photos.