yes there is a lot of private land, but the game and fish has done a lot to help with this problem, by working with landowners to create hunter management areas, and walk in areas. It also helps to live in the area and get to know a lot of the landowners, most of em don't like elk cuz of the damage they cause. On the other hand we have a couple of billionaire ranchers who don't let u hunt anything and they take there paying hunters onto public land instead of using there own places.