Even though the weather cancelled my hunt this past spring, I just talked with my friend and I'm going early fall! What's a plus is that I pulled an Elk tag for the same area. Maybe I'll get both on the same hunt.
If your time will allow concider getting with a guide who will do an on call hunt. I did this in 2009 and it worked out great. I worked with a local guide around Salida Colorado and he would call when he cut fresh tracks and we would meet up. Chased cats 5 different days and all we did was chase but day 5, 26 Dec 2009 I took a great 7 foot, 152 pound cat with a 14 1/2 inch skull.
SGM, just curious, when your outfitter called you, did he turn out on the tracks right away, or did he wait until you showed up. Hearing the dogs on the track is one of the exciting elements of the hunt. Who was your outiftter?
Full cry, we did it a couple of ways mostly due to my schedule. I wanted the most out of the experience I could get so I met him 3 different days as he was going out to look/cut tracks. We did a lot of riding those 3 days but not much chasing as snow conditions were not good. However on 2 other occasions he called me once he found fresh tracks and we met up. He did not release the dogs until I was with him so I got the full experience from start to finish. First cat we chased we never saw but the second one now lives in my front room. Guide was Doug Barnes and he did a great job, knew the area well and was pleasant to be with. I fully agree watching the dogs get excited and heading out on the fresh scent was exciting. Of course hearing the barking of "Cat Treed" was even more exciting. It was a great time and experience but is not an easy hunt that is for sure.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...