Elk up high

elkduds

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Those who know where elk aren't are glad to share intel.
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Bob-WY

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In the big horns "up high" is often wilderness so no nonresident, less pressure and more sneaker miles required
 

SAJ-99

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We stopped walking once the snow was over our gaiters but in a moment of hunger-induced gullibility I assumed that they had some sort of local knowledge that the elk lived up where only @wllm1313 goes. Thankfully we didn't base our hunting decisions on these conversations.
The answer is always “it depends”. My scouting/observations in MT in August was everything I saw was lower. Once I got above 6000ft all but the major creeks were dry, but I saw elk along river bottoms. Why? Food and or water probably. I don’t know and don’t care. That is just where I saw them. It is a small sample and I’m sure there were still elk up high. I heard in Randy’s mid season podcast that they noticed them lower too. Observations can vary. Don’t get stuck trying to make a plan work if the elk don’t fit the plan.
 

Irishman

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A friend of mine who used to track radio collared elk, said that one day they would be at a 3,500 ft elevation lake, next day they would be the other side of a 7,000 ft ridge. He felt that scouting for elk before season was a waste of time. I don't agree with him, but elk can move a lot, and that's before they get shot at. My point is that whether people tell you the truth, or lie, it may be equally worthless information.
 
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