I would like to thank everyone who provided info and/or advice while I was preparing for my hunt. It was VERY helpful.
I did not get a shot at an elk But the experience(s) I had during the hunt
were amazing .
Coming from the Northeast I was concerned with the altitude. The physical preperation I had done served me well as did the advice of others who had been out there. So I had virtually no altitude related problems.
The area we hunted (Flat Top Wilderness, area 26) was dry and maybe a little warmer than desireable but we did finally get into the elk. We had a few close encounters but they were just out of sight, yet we could hear them walking and the thud of their hoofs. We saw a couple BIG bulls but they were a long ways away or were headed else where. My hunt was with an outfitter and we had a guide. I was pleased with him, his knowledge and determination to get us an elk.
I would have loved to have taken an elk with my bow but the overall experience was incredible and I did not come home dissapointed.
If there is anyone out there that will be going on their first elk hunt or planning one in the future and would like info or have questions I'd be happy to share what I learned. Be aware that I am not and expert by any stretch but I will be happy to share what worked for me, what I learned, what I'd do different and how I prepared for the trip both physically and cloting/gear wise.
So, that's it in a nutshell. To all those elk hunters who have been successful
my hats off to you!