No matter your age, expect better elk numbers and distribution in the Northern Rockies. Elk numbers in southwestern Montana are so high that a second elk tag could be issued in select units this fall, and populations are solid in the central mountain ranges and Missouri River breaks. Idaho's elk picture is improving in the Lemhi Zone, much of the southeastern quarter and the Boise River area, but back-country units burned in 2001 are still struggling. Wyoming's herd is booming in the Bighorn Mountains, Snowy Range and southwestern mountains, though cow licenses are being reduced in the elk-rich Jackson and Cody areas because of high harvest the last two winters. In Arizona's Pinetop Region, much of northern New Mexico and even Colorado's Front Range west of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, expect to see redistribution of elk away from areas that burned last summer.