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.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...