Originally Posted by ricknolan
What do you guys think?
Welcome to elk hunting!! In my mind elk hunting is some of the most difficult, yet rewarding hunting there is.
As for observation 1, if elk (or most game for that matter) can hear, see or smell (see observation 3) you they are gone, or at least in hiding (see observation 2) untill they believe it is safe.
Elk have incredibly keen senses, and I have had elk pull the sneak on me more times than I care to remember. I like it much better when I know exactly where they are (through calling, or spotting) and pulling my best super sneak into the area and hopefully getting a shot. That is of course without "King" wind, swirling around and blowing my cover!
I guess that I would have to say "Rick thats a fact". I personally have had best results hunting elk and mule deer, when able to call the elk in to me, and when able to spot the deer from a long ways out, and in both cases the wind has to be in my favor to be successful.
Hope that helps.
Oh and I forgot, right when you think that you have it all figured out, be prepared to turn around and see the bull of your dreams running away!