To me, these days it's about over looked spots. I like to find spots that people drive or go right by because they are going deep. Every outdoor show specific to Elk talk about going deep to get to untouched elk. Out of stater elk hunters are are more prepared than ever and understand what it takes. So I find corners off highways that are steep. Been on elk less than 100 yards off the highway!!! :)
Were you hunting Colorado?
I've hunted Colorado only once. There was a hunter behind every tree. I ain't been back since.
We hunt a remote general season Utah deer area and rarely see other hunters.
About the only way to avoid hunting pressure is to apply for limited entry hunts.
Everyone "goes deep" now. Just gotta be smart at what you refer to as deep