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.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...