Some people have all the luck. You have a great tag there. I have seen some of the elk that come off that hill and they are impressive. I was turkey hunting down there in 04 around the first of May and did spot a couple of bulls that already had 3' branch antlers coming along.
You are very fortunate indeed. My wife drew the non resident muzzleloader this past fall and all I can say is holy you have a great tag. I have never seen anything like it down there. Being from wolf infested Idaho we can only dream to have bulls like that. My recomendation is an outfitter (know a great one). I am not even close to rich but we did our first one with an outfitter in that unit. You can DIY and kill a 340+ bull, but when you are seeing that calibur of bulls they can make the difference between B & C or not. The best advice I can give is to shoot a rack you really like. Do not get too hung up on scores. I know guys that have made themselves sick "cause they only killed a 368" are you kidding me! ONLY 368?! You will see awsome animals have a great time!
clearwater what part did you hunt, i have had the luck of drawing 4 years ago in central utah and i will have learned from my error's but i know what you mean everyone gets over confident with the hunt and say i will only shoot a 370 or what ever and when they see a 340 or 350 they just then realize what is in front of them i have horse's and i plane on staying down there for the full 8 days, i dont think i would hire a outfitter tho to me on a inn state hunt would not mean the same but that is just me thanks
Congrats!! I am extremely jealous that you drew out a tag at the expo. I drew out with points on the Wasatch unit last year and took a great bull and was hoping I would get lucky this year at the expo since I have to wait five years to even put in again. The San Juan is a great area and you'll have a great opportunity. I ha a buddy go down two years ago and get a 350 bull. I would have to disagree about an outfitter. If you can spend a couple of weekends finding a high spot and glassing the draws you should be able to be sucessful. Additionally, you should be able to hunt in the best part of the season so you'll be able to locate them just based on bugling bulls. You will have a far better hunt and have money left for a great mount if you put in some foot work beforehand. Even if you have to spend money to get there it will be a heck of a lot cheaper than getting a guide. At the hunting expo, if you wanted to get a 350-399 class bull you are looking at $10,000 or more. People are willing to talk about good places there because it is limited entry and only a few get to go. When the pressure is on to get a nice bull people are more generous with their information.
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....