I've been out a couple more times now and found elk both times. Both times were short scouting trips in separate areas. The first on the 18th resulted in three cows, a calf, and a spike walking right into me while I was glassing a far ridge. There was nothing I could do but sit tight and watch them wind me since they were on me before I knew it. The only thing I glassed on the far ridge was a few deer. I had chosen to not pack a spotting scope so I could not identify as bucks.