You seem on to the system.
I've selected three shooting spots for development. One is years old and I have about every land mark memorized for range. I shoot there every summer at different ranges out to 1200 yards as that was as far as I could consistently range. (The ranging problem is about to change)
The other two hides are new this year. One is moderate range and is a bedding spot 'whenever they are pushed through'. The area is large with certain pockets hunted very hard. This spot may well be a "safe spot" for them. I see a lot of unproductive time being spent there.
The third spot is pretty poor except for seeing elk coming from a very long ways then selecting another spot to attempt to get a shot. Pretty low percentage here.
I have no location where I can pattern their habits within this particular elk management unit. That is, except for the portion of the unit that includes my backyard.
I develop detailed range charts for each location, using camera images with notes all over them.
I'll spend the summer and early fall doing wind studies. Did I mention my dislike for the wind?