I hunted that same hunt ten years ago my first archery hunt its what got me hooked. Take a look at the canyon creek mountains about ten miles to the east of snow lake along the northern boundry of the wilderness. Saw the biggest bull I've ever seen in my life there. Lots of animals and good quality bulls at least there was back then.
Did some scouting last weekend, Saw tons of elk, mostly cows, spikes and raghorns didnt see any of the big boys but they are in there. There is plenty of water everywhere in that area, and a lot of food. Elk look healthy, looks to be a good year. I did see some wolves, big, very big.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...