Loved the time we had in Wyoming.Wife and I plan on going again next year but for deer and antelope not elk. We saw lots of deer and tons of antelope. My wife hasnever shot an antelope . Should be fun.
Sounds like a difference in habitat and maybe weather timing. Where I hunted early season we saw tons of elk, but we were miles in an up high, all on foot though. I only saw two muley does for big game other than elk. It wasn't until we left the NF land and hit the lower elevation did we see mulies and antelope.
Maybe if there had been a early winter you would've had a shot at an elk.