1 Decide if you're trying to find elk or to kill one.
These aren't the same thing, and you have to ask yourself this question every time you set out. If you have no idea whether there are elk in the area, you have no choice except to move at a pace that is too fast for hunting, just to find them. Conversely, if you know their whereabouts, you need to slow down and slow down some more. The days of charging through the mountains hoping to blunder into a naïve bull are over. But elk are large, noisy, odiferous animals that leave abundant sign like rubs, wallows, tracks, and droppings. Get out and scout so that you know the general location of the elk by the time you start hunting.