I live in Whitley co and it is rare that I hear of any. At most 2 or 3 sightings a year and usually its a young bull that has been kicked from the herd. Last I heard of any was a young bull hanging around in Woodbine south of Corbin.
I turkey hunt and deer hunt on a couple of the wma's that are open because of the landowner elk tags. Great places to hunt that don't get much pressure. Gun hunted opening weekend of deer modern firearm season and only seen 3 or 4 other hunters all day.