I was on a hunt this year with one of my buddies family friends, long story short a group of elk passed in front of us but the brush was too thick to get a visual, we waited a few minutes and found their steaming scat. At the time it was starting to snow and there was about an inch of accumulation. I was ready to go after these elk and get one down. But the guy had brought his wife and daughter who were out of shape and complaining about being tired and cold. So we hiked up 1000 feet out of the heavily timbered canyon we were hunting in and abandoned the elk. The guy my friend and I were with told us tracking the elk in the snow would be futile and we'd never see them even if they never detected us when they passed by. Something didn't seem right though and my friend and I were pissed he decided to hike back to the truck when we were fired up and ready to kill one. Im new to Hunting this year was my first exposure to it. Im curious if what he said was right and following elk tracks in the snow is dumb or of he was just being lazy. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.