So you’ve drawn an elk tag for a Western state renowned for its millions of acres of public wilderness. The immensity of the terrain can be overwhelming, especially to hunters who are used to hunting a few dozen acres. Start by studying a topo map of the area you intend to hunt, and break it down into ridges, valleys, and creek bottoms. Not all valleys have creek bottoms, mind you, but all creek bottoms are in valleys. Look for small, flat areas between the towering peaks and cliffs. Some of the best spots are only a few hundred yards wide.