theres a lot of elk in unit 7, but not a lot of public land to hunt, and its not an area where u can just take off walking and end up 20 miles in the backcountry, well legally anyway, its getting tougher and tougher to get an elk up there, just because of how many people are up there
yes, please stay away from the western side of the state.... ha ha ha. i only kid because i hunt the western side. remember, there is quality elk hunting on the west side, that does not include wolves. not all of that side is timbered.....if not over half is desert and I have yet to see a wolf while hunting any of the desert.
good luck to you.