My girlfriend and I are college students and extremely avid and motivated elk hunters. In the past, harvesting a cow has saved us hundreds of dollars of food expenses and we love brain tanning as a fun hobby. For the past 3 years as of just yesterday, we have been skunked on our hunt. We backpacked 6-7 miles into soap basin for 5 days. We still have this weekend and can perhaps make it 4 miles or so with little time. We are in decent physical condition and train all year for our wapiti hunts. We are not trophy hunters, all we want is to harvest a single cow this weekend and return with money saving meat and a few steaks to give to the family for the holidays this year. ANY advice would be incredibly helpful and appreciated! Thanks guys!