I appreciate the advice! I feel like i have bought into the e-scouting as a way to locate elk(or any other species for that matter) a bit to much from online hunting gurus and ads. I've been whitetail hunting since I was knee high to a grass hopper, so it is definitely a change of styles. Also, without living in elk country I only get a week a year to hone my skills. Which is why I am trying to be as effective as possible. Nothing beats boots in the dirt.
Escouting is very effective, just gotta learn what to look for.