Lets talk about when and where you find elk
I have done a little searching and not found what I was looking for on here. I have read plenty of books on the subject and spent a lot of time in the woods. I am just looking for personal experiences here. The goal of this thread is to learn more about elk and how to find them.
First, I grew up hunting whitetail in MI and never have a problem finding deer. For that matter, I also see moose almost every time I am in the woods as well as lots of sheep, mountain goats and even turkey in some areas. I now live near Denver and am specifically looking for information on hunting elk in the high country of Colorado. However, this might be a good place to post information about other areas as well. If you post please name the state you hunt in and maybe what the conditions are like so we can all have a frame of reference for your information.
I see lots of elk sign (rubs, wallows, droppings, tracks), I also tend to see elk in their summer range. I know some calving areas and have found quite a few bedding sights in black timber type areas, but have yet to see a shootable elk during a hunting season. This year I have a first season either sex rifle tag for an area I know pretty well so my odds are good, but I am still looking for tips. Where should I look? What type of terrain do you have the best luck glassing? Where do you find elk pre-rut, during the rut, and post rut. There is very little chance that the elk will be heading to their wintering grounds during my season, but migration corridor hunting is interesting as well.