1... wind is generally in your face. 2... elk are 1000 yards away. .59miles as the crow flies 3... all 3 elk are bedded down. 4... all pics taken from the same spot. "that way and this way" pics showing far left and far right edges mountain face they are on/terrain you have to work with. 5... Took pics whiles standing on a infrequently to moderately used hiking trail. 6... essentially at the top of a mountain so they could run/dump into 4 major directions/other sides of the mountain(one of them being the direction i came from/at me) 7... I can only assume they know i(you) was there already.
Why are you assuming elk 1000 yards away already know you are there?
That is a loooong ways away
Lots of variables to your questions
Bowhunt it can't be a gun hunt because he is rapid socialist against anyone that would protect his second amendment rights.
or whatever scenario where it's "lets fill the freezer" we only got a day or so left.
I assumed they could see me because it was open as hell where i was. But yes it is very far.