You didn't mention what state you wish to hunt elk in. Colorado has 2 elk draw seasons and 2 that are over the counter, for bull elk tags. Cow elk are all draw, and yes the draw deadline was April 5th. I believe the OTC tags go on sale about July 11th. Also in early August the leftover tags (from the draws) are released for sale to the public.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...