Just my opinion but see if you agree. I think one of the reasons for decreased elk sightings is the lack of active mining in east Kentucky. A lack of active mining means a lack of reclaiming and reclaiming means fresh grass. I think that when there is fresh grass coming up, the elk feed heavily in these areas and are more visible to hunters and those who are on the property. I also think many elk were accustomed to feeding on reclaimed areas and as these have dried up, elk are more dependent on browse and acorns. This causes them to stay in the timber more. I’d also add that mining tends to create open areas which just naturally make game more visible. Anyway, this is just my thoughts and I know there’s several other reasons for lack of elk sightings. Good luck to all those with tags still to fill. Looking forward to my cow hunt at the end of December.