With that said its hard to spend all that money and not even have an opportunity. Elk are hard to hunt. You can spend all summer scouting them, figuring out their travel patterns, where they bed, where they feed, where they like to use their wallows and then on opening day it dumps a foot of snow and pushes them out of where you spent all summer looking for them, or another hunter runs them out of your area. If elk get spooked they will leave the mountain. A DIY elk or moose hunt requires a lot of time outside of the hunting season. With that said its still not impossible!