I felt the same way untill this year. all of my honey holes were empty because of the late winter and hot temps during season. Then I had to go into new areas blind to try and locate elk. This year I plan on hunting a completely new area and will scout as much as possible to find as many areas as I can.I usually don't even bother with scouting. Once you have 3-4 good hot spots you will find that elk, as a general rule, will be there year after year. This year may be slightly different as I got a couple of trail cams for Christmas. They will be set up in a few places in August.