I hunted the Muzzle loader season in 12/23/24 and we saw a lot of elk and deer. Did not have a deer tag but could have taken several nice bucks this past year. As for elk we did not get one due to a variety of reasons but there were plenty if we could have closed the deal. I did go back out for the 4th late cow season and dropped one opening morning. There are a lot of elk in those units but also a lot of hunters and terrain to cover. I know other folks that went 1st season and they did very well on elk taking 4 of 5 in their camp. As for second season I know only one hunter who went and they did not see an elk but he had his son (First year hunter) with him and they focused more on deer than elk. They each took their deer within 5 minutes of each other together so that was very cool. Cannot tell you anything about third season. Hope this helps but if you have more questions ask or send me a PM.
In 12/23/24 it takes a few points and tags are very limited at 100 for either sex and 100 for cow only. For an either sex elk tag it takes 2-3 preference points for a resident and 10-11 for a non-resident. For a cow tag it takes 0-1 preference points for a resident or a non-resident. The low numbers seem crazy to me since come first rifle season they sell 5,000 either sex tags in the same area.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.