Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?
Norsepeak is pretty spot on about traffic and elk. Shoot, I live in N. Idaho along Interstate 90 and there are elk behind my house and right next to the interstate. It's steep and very brushy where I live but there are elk here year round.
The thing is these elk are educated. They know the program and when the pressure is on they just head into the thick brush and then at night come out and hit waterholes and do their socializing.
We've taken plenty of elk in eyesite of the freeway. If there is good habitat like cover, water supply, and feed there most likely will be elk even in high traffic areas.
My favorite is backpack hunting as I am geared up well for this. But I've seen too many elk shot on or by a road and cannot say that they aren't can't be found at traveled locations like roads or trails.