You'll have plenty of company as it's the most popular season for rifle hunting elk. OTC tags. Orange pumpkins behind every tree. The elk get pressure quite a lot and in some cases they bail off the mountains and head for private ground. But they are moved around a lot and if you hunt the right places, you'll see plenty of elk. Hunt hard and try to get back away from the roads and crowds and you should have some luck. You'll find that there are still bulls with the cows looking for that late "heat" one. Good luck.