I have a lot of deer hunting experience but little for elk, so I wanted to defer this question to some of yall with more experience in the elk woods.
I've been hunting mule deer in Colorado with a stick and string for the past two years in a wilderness setting, and each year have gotten a shot (missed) or near shot on a 180+ mulie. I draw this tag each year without fail, with no preference points. This is, however, a physically grueling hunt (20+ miles hiking, up and down 1000's of feet, etc.)
Is it realistic to find trophy elk, if your willing to hunt hard, during archery season, with 0-1 preference points? I consider a trophy 270+ on a bull. I want to know how to start planning my elk hunts over the next 3-4 years in search of a trophy. Do I wait back on preference points for a limited draw unit or do I get after it in the wilderness? Is it realistic to find a trophy if its not a limited draw unit or just an OTC archery tag? I don't need to know any areas, just what yall think. Thanks in advance.