Our first elk hunt is over. I made SO many mistakes and learned SO much about hunting elk through these goof-ups. I think my biggest battles were the ones in my head, not so much between me and the elk. Example: I would know which group of trees the animals were within, yet (after a couple hours of watching the trees) I'd start doubting they were there. Then I'd move in too quickly and get made by a cow through the trees/bushes. I learned that I was looking for elk bodies in the trees, more than looking for elk shapes THROUGH the trees, which is how they found me on more stalks than I want to post here.
What a hunt. As an "elk rookie," I found even more respect and understanding of the experienced hunters that have done this for years. Hats off to you guys!
Here are a couple pix...enjoy! Thanks for your help!