I hear you. Called in 6 wolves last year during a unit 16 first season elk archery. Not a single wolf I saw had a collar. Not wanting to compete we the wolves we went to a different area in the unit and tagged out.
On a side topic, USFW said during a podcast this summer that each wolf kills 20 "cow elk equivalents" annually. By my calcs, 2,100 elk in the great Gila get taken annually based on the confirmed wolf numbers. Once the population gets to 300 wolves they will harvest 6,000 elk annually.
I agree with you that the official wolf numbers seem to be low based on my limited observations of non-collared wolves.