Welcome to BGH. I guess you really haven't been there, because 7 and 8 are in Poudre Canyon, the Laramie River Drainage and the east side of the Rawahs. They aren't in North Park.
What can you expect? Low elk density, low success and good bulls when you find them. Pressure is fairly low, which is nice, but you still have to work hard and get off the roads to find the elk. They are there, I took a nice 6x6 two years ago from here. You better get started scouting, but before you do that you need to decide how you're going to hunt it. I'd focus on some of the "middle" elevations for a 3rd season hunt, something in the 9,000 foot range, weather dependent. There's plenty of wilderness, plenty of difficult roads if you've got an ATV and poor road hunting opportunity.
While my ranking system has them at 85th and 86th(out of 105), with 8 being the higher ranked unit (fewer people, slightly more public land, equally bad success), I personally prefer unit 7. But either side of the Laramie River drainage is a good place to start. The closer you get to Red Feathers, the worse off you'll be. There aren't any real towns to speak of, but there are cabins you can rent around Glendevey, Red Feathers and Woods Landing, WY. There are next to no designated campgrounds, you just pitch a tent wherever you dang well please.
You probably need to consider getting a deer tag, as they are rebounding faster than the elk population.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...