Just got the word the other day I'm going out to Colorado somewhere around Durango in late-Oct, early-Nov Rifle season! This is my first mule deer trip and my first out of alabama hunting trip at that.
I have lived in Southwest Colorado (Cortez) for 37 years. If any of you guys need any information about hunting Durango or Dolores areas let me know. I will try to answer any questions that you might have.
Yes, elk are plentiful around Pagosa Springs. As far as size, any legal elk is a very big animal. I strongly recommend you take the first legal bull you see. You have time later to be more picky. Big-uns are few and far between, but they are out if you really get lucky or get far enough from a road..
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...