FORGET THE CLEARINGS
As is true for all animals, elk habits are dictated by their feeding patterns. Since they are grazers, preferring grass to brush most of the year, this dietary preference requires the elk to go to the food, which is most commonly in meadows and open glades or parks. Hunters often watch these areas during daylight hours, but their efforts are largely futile. Where hunter pressure is heavy, elk will feed in the meadows at night and be bedded in deep timber, or on their way through the timber to bedding areas when shooting hours begin. For that reason, yourr best chance of even seeing an elk is to be in their hideaway when they're active.