Im not sure where around mt st helens your talking about but there are alot of elk to be had you just have to hope some wander out of the lewitt and margret area I think the dfw said the herd is something like 12 thousand. Ive been up to margret several times for bear and never seen less than 20 elk not to mention some very large bulls
well most of the St helens area is off limits except by permit in the margret area. unfortunately with the mt. being a part of the national park system you cant hunt the majority of the area. Alot of folks go around packwood. Where do you live and what kind of drive are you willing to make let me know and i might be able to help you out a little more. also what area are you the most familiar with
I live in Seattle and am willing to drive pretty much anywhere on the western side of the state. My method is more than likely going to be a backpack hunt. I heart Lewis River was good for elk, but am still looking before Ichoose my spot. I'm not familiar with any areas, as I just moved here in July.
A lot of places have the elk its just a matter of finding them, but packwoods pretty good as is mossy rock. I live in eatonville and tend to see a lot of elk but most of the places I see them would be by bow hunter. Im not sure what your prefered method is but Im a rifle hunter so i usually will go up near ashford(close to mt rainier) and have had pretty good luck. I tend to stay on the west side, due to the fact that I travel alot for work so I have a hard time getting home and then driving atleast another 3 hours to hunt when I probably have the same odds 1/2 hour away
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...