Does anybody have insight on the strength of elk rut behavior in far SE Idaho or eccentricities unique to the area. I have a general capped bow tag, can schedule to hunt any one week of the season I want, and truth be told I am not terribly excited. I know, I know, blasphemy! I’ve only been there once before but my last time out, with a rifle, I found almost no evidence of the encouraging elk sign or behaviors like I would find almost anywhere I’ve been in CO or WY. No old rubs, no old wallows, no beaten down trails or great concentrations of scat. I wonder if elk even herd up and if there is much competition between bulls for harems, satelite dynamics, etc. The population seems very low and scattered, quiet and more elusive than other places. Distance from roads or trails didn’t seem to correlate to anything. I found sets of fresh tracks around 7500-8000 ft in dense pine and aspen belts, so there were some elk around in mid-oct, still on summer range. But it just felt a bit off as if just random nomadic individuals. This time, I’ll be there in Sept and spike camping around 8K and hiking in further from there, max you can get from a road is about 2-3 miles and there isn’t much more up I could go than 9000 feet, and can’t go down into private, which seems like it would be really hot and dry that time of year anyway. Just a little perplexed and wishing I was more “up” in my mindset for this solo trip. I hunt as much for the experience as I do for the kill and really don’t care if I get one at all, but just taking my bow for a quiet walk in the woods is not my goal either!