I had the day off yesterday. So I decided to start my scouting activities to take a look in the woods and see what I could see. Elk sign everywere. Deer sign everywere and bear sign everywere. I know the bear was still in the area, and Im pretty sure he knew I was there too. I could smell the stinky bastard. All this sign was on the same saddle in the mountains. I think I may try stand hunting this year and get off the ground. Problem is I really enjoy stalking them from the ground, and really don't have the patience to sit in a stand for more than a couple hours or so. I have already planned my vacation for the first few weeks in September to go hunting. Hopefully the elk go into rut on time this year.