With my 3rd Elk hunt coming quick, I have a couple questions.....probably dumb Eastern Tenderfoot questions, but I have to ask. First a little information; I have hunted Elk a total of 9 days in 2 years; all in Colorado, just North of Steamboat Springs. First year was 2nd rifle and last year was 1st rifle. Both times, we backpacked in 2 miles and set up camp at roughly 8,500 ft. In those 9 days, I have seen 5 Elk - 2 spikes, 1 4x4 and 2 cows - spikes and/or cows could have been the same, so possibly only 3 or 4 Elk. Each Elk has always been alone and I've never been able to get a shot for various reasons (Note: I have had a cow tag every season). So, this leads me to my first question - why have the few Elk I've seen always been alone? Guess, I've always pictured Elk traveling together; not solo. Second question is, I plan on going back to the same place this year - again armed with a cow tag - am I wasting my time by chasing single Elk around or is there likely other Elk somewhere nearby? On one hand, I hate to leave the area because I know it pretty well now, but on the other, maybe a different area would in the unit would be better. Damn, I just really want to fill my tag this year!!!!