I'm going hunting with my dad this year north of Rifle, CO and he's been elk hunting 6 times and yet to shoot an elk. I'm trying to gain as much knowledge about the elk bedding tendencies. I've heard the ole saying, "The best way to learn elk, is to hunt them!" With that said, my father is getting up there in age and doesn't have that many trips left in him. I've heard the terms like "north & east facing slopes" and "benches". I'm pretty sure I understand north & east facing slopes, but could you explain a little more about benches? I've read a lot of magazines and they all mention benches and that elk typically bed 1/3 the way down a slope.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!!