I'm not an archery hunter, but I'll try to give some info.
You missed the general elk draw already. However over the counter tags will be available plus there are usually some left over tags as well that are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Over the counter availablilty depends on the units. Most of the northwestern units should have over the counter tags (units 2, 3, 10, 11, 211, 21, 22). I have heard that 62 is a good general unit but hunt pressure can be high. Most of these units have decent public land, but best to check ahead with maps.
Do you treestand hunt usually? If so, then you should be prepared to learn spot-stalk hunting. You might be able to use a treestand in one of the more alpine units, but most hunting is done without treestands. Not that I have anything against treestands, just that I don't know of any that use them.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...