Elk live in big country. Finding them takes strong legs, big lungs, and a keen understanding of habitat Locating elk becomes easier once you move a mile, or farther, from areas of high hunting pressure. They spend more time in the open, hang out in more diverse terrain, travel more often in daylight, spook less easily. And bulls are present in both greater numbers and larger sizes. But there's still a lot of ground to cover, and knowing how elk use the land is critical. This map will show you where you're most likely to find big bulls in Rocky Mountain elk habitat, from beginning to end of the rifle season.