The elk and deer are in the best shape I have seen in years. There is so much grass in the mountains in the trees in the meadows it is everywhere. Many of the elk have finally moved down into the valley and can be found on the Heckendorf State Wildlife Area and other areas in the valley. The Division of Wildlife has some new hunting leases outside of Buena Vista and there have been some elk seen on these new properties. The 3rd rifle season has been better for hunting that the first 2 seasons. There are more elk down out of the high country and some of the bigger bucks have begun moving into the area. This weekend looks like it should be a great one for hunting and we do have a little fresh snow on the peaks.