October 20th-21st, 2017:
My rifle elk hunt opened on October 15th, but I was in Utah being a supportive brother-in-law attending a wedding. I didn’t get to go hunting until Friday the 20th. I didn’t see any animals on the 20th, but during the night it snowed and the wind broke my tent so I spent the night sleeping in my car. It was cold. The following day on the morning of the 21st, I hiked into an area where I went bow hunting in September for elk, but I didn’t see anything in there either.
October 27, 2017:
I was able to access a private ranch today and hunt in an area where I saw some bulls during the archery elk season. I left my car at 2:30 PM and before 3:00 PM I had located 13 bulls and 60+ cow elk. They were on the wrong side of the fence on the neighboring ranch, so I waited to see if they would come onto the ranch that I was hunting before dark. They did not cross over the fence. However, I got some good pictures.
Maybe next time the elk will be on the right side of the fence.