I've taken several nice by my standards deer and antelope but have never done very well on elk with only a couple of small bulls. I live in good elk country but just don't put the needed time in chasing them.
Although I enjoy hunting them I just don't have the passion most guys do for elk and put most of my efforts in to deer hunting.
I would have had many good chances but like others have said I stepped down for my kids. My daughter has taken as many as I have and my 18 year old son has taken one twice as big as my best. The feeling of watching your kids success is better than your own.
The only thing I have been totally skunked at so far is getting a bear.