Darren Choate is the founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his outdoor writing and photography career, he served in the US Air Force, and then earned a Bachelors of Environmental Science and a Masters of Education. He has been hunting and guiding other hunters in the West for over 30 years. Darren is a voting member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), and his articles have been featured in magazines such as Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Quality Whitetails and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish. For more information visit his website at www.drchoate.com.
Across the West, elk reside in a diverse set of habitat types and bedding grounds in each habitat vary significantly; therefore, it is my opinion that this can be the most difficult point on the triangle to identify. In fact, you may have to go back to your map and use the data you have collected for a little assistance. When you checked your water source(s), you should have identified at least one well-used trail and established which direction elk travel as they come to or leave water sources.