I'm not certain what that is exactly, but i believe it is a bird. Probably some sort of owl. Try a birding website to get the exact species. The repetitive nature I heard and you described does not sound like elk. If it were some sort of small mammal, like a squirrel it would not continue all night. So like I said, best guess is its an owl.
UPDATE-because I'm a geek and it was eating at me- I'd now say it is a northern pygmy owl, given your location and the owl calls I was just listening to.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...