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.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...