Well, after hunting deer with the occasional antelope for years - I have put in for a Montana elk license. I know a few experienced guys that have gone both guided and unguided with fair success >50%+ and will be going with at least one of them. so hopefully their experience and my durablity will compliment each other and we can all get our bulls. I live in North Dakota so I'm pretty much right next door. I plan on taking about 14 days off from work so hopefully that will be plenty of time.
I am planning on using my trusted 30-06 Winchester with 165 gr rounds. We'll take in jeep trails as far as we can then packing in our own gear and setting up a basecamp and going out from there on day excursions.
We are going unguided for the most part ...We know a guide outfit out there and plan on getting a good briefing of numbers and movement then have them point us in the right direction and we'll be on our own after that. I'll keep updating this thread as things progress over the summer and into hunting season. If anyone has any words of wisdom feel free to voice them. I'll keep you posted.
Hope to end this thread with some elk meat in the freezer. , but if nothing else get out there and enjoy being outdoors and my first elk hunting experience.