LAST EDITED ON May-19-17 AT 08:18 AM (MST)
Yes! The Hoback area being a great one. There is not a single general area in Wyo that a person on foot, leaving from a trailhead each morning cannot have an almost 100% chance of getting into elk. I hunt the Hoback every year and have never used, or felt the need to have, a horse. The Hoback would be about the southernmost border of where you have a good chance of encountering grizz. Outfitters are everywhere so learn to deal with them. I have never seen an outfitter and hunter more than 5 feet from a horse trail.
If you hunted the Hoback then you were in great elk country from the moment you left the truck. There is not a trailhead, turnout or wide spot in the road in the Hoback that is not in great elk country.
Should you wait for a LE area? Depends, do you want to hunt the same area every couple of years or are you fine waiting 5-20 years between hunts? I am a res of Wyo and most years I don't even bother putting in for LE areas. Gen areas are great hunting. As close to a sure thing as I have found in any State.
If you were not finding elk then I assume it has more to do with how you are hunting rather than where you are hunting. Don't give up. Keep getting those Gen tags every couple of years and learn your area and the elk. Good luck.