I've hunted just a bit N of there, over the divide. Your advantage in early season is access, where you should be able to find a drainage that is a bit off from trails. Sounds like you know the area well enough.Have you hunted this area or live around there?
I was there last year (2nd rifle) and found several carcasses from earlier seasons. So, I know there are elk, I just don’t know how much pressure there will be in the early season?