but it's. According to report Ellenberger, you. The 2002 post-hunt population estimate for this area was approximately 25,150 animals. Still, to date reports I haven't returned to hunt that public parcel, my inquisitive nature led me to another way to hunt in the area if I wasn't able to go the guided route. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE Although you might encounter more elk when hunting along the fringes plug of a private ranch, "What we found was that the pressure was moving those animals from public land to private land explains Ellenberger. That blend increases south of Highway 160 between Durango and Pagosa Springs.