From the looks of your trophy room, I would say your underestimating your home state....
Wanted to ask you a question too about 62. Any bear there? If I hunt that unit next fall, should I buy a bear tag just in case?
Lots of bears in the unit ! LOTS !!!! As you know my brother took his first bear this year with his bow along with one other guy in his camp (about the same size). Along with many encounters from the rest of the camp.
As for myself I just did not pull the trigger this year as I counld not get one of the bigger bears in my scope , but thats hunting.
I've seen at least one elk this size in Colorado -- We (multiple people) chased him for 4 years with multiple sightings. I missed out on a shot by about 5 minutes -- right place to intercept him, he just went a different direction. They exist, but they are ghosts.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...