I'm to the age now that I may have to give up on a couple of them and go find a ranch that offers hunts on them. I am also toying with the idea of heading back north into Canada for the moose and goat hunts. Also a friend is working on a ranch in New Mexico on the Mexico border that does bison hunts for just a few more dollars than what I would pay in Utah so I may go that way for a bison and pay by the size of the animal. I don't put in for elk since I drew a Book Cliff tag back in 2001 and shot a nice 6x6 with a eye guard that went 343 points. I have also been on a dozen successful bison hunts in the Henry Mountains with others but with the point creep I doubt that I'll ever see that tag as a non-resident. The point creep for moose is about the same as with the bison. Then the goat and sheep tags are just pipe dreams that I have.
But you never know I could always get lucky a few years in a row.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...