One common failing of do-it-yourself hunters, especially those from the East, is their inability to move fast. They've been taught to ease along, as indeed you must in prime cover. But unlike whitetails, elk are herd animals. They live in vast forests, not woodlots. And elk densities aren't as great as deer concentrations in farmlands. That means you might find no elk for days or stumble upon dozens in the first meadow you check. Between promising coverts, you'll find lots of country unlikely to hold elk. Walk through it quickly. If you spot elk moving in the distance, close the gap immediately. I've often run on the initial approach. Sneak and peek when you must, but use high gear when you can. Travel on routes elk use. The going is generally easier, and elk expect to hear noise on these paths anyway, so you're not likely to put them on high alert.