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
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....