Shot a smallish cow during archery season this year 5.5 miles back and 2200' above the truck. My first elk, I was pumped! Packed it out along with our camp (we backpack in with ultralight gear) in one trip. Boning it out saves a ton of weight. Only 2 miles of the way back was on the trail, the rest was a hellacois slog through willows and steeps. Did the whole thing with a huge grin on my face.
I've been eyeing a new spot thats 6 miles in on the other side of a really deep canyon. Can't quite decide if its possible to get an elk outta there before those 80 degree september days take its toll on the meat.
Here's a pic of my first elk.