Good Luck Hunter25 as well I wish for your Dad. Have a great and successfull hunt! And generate yet another great story for all of us to read and for you to relish for life! I eagerly await the 13th for when I leave for 1st rifle!
Good luck Wade, I hope you and your Dad bag a 400 incher. I'm very jelious as I havent bagged an elk for a few years as i build points and hunting OTC archery. I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures and reading the story of your sucessfull hunt. I think there are a few of us here living through you and your dad right about now. I'm sure te scouting you did during the summer will pay off it usally does, those who work hard in the off season usally bag the big bucks/bulls. Good luck, be safe and look forward to your return.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.