Jake, it sounds like you've made it for yourself. Congrats.
As far as your idea of of elk hunting is concerned, I'm glad you can do it the lazy man's way. I haven't been spoiled yet and I guess I'm gonna have to jump on the bandwagon and side with everyone else. This just isn't a hunt...............only a shoot.
first of all, I'am sorry if I offended you. Hunting elk is a a family tradition in the Fall here in Colorado where I live. Sometimes you score and sometimes you come home empty handed. That's what hunting elk is all about! Right now I can look out my window of my house and see about 65 head of elk, 150 yards at the most! Big deal! they have a right here just as much as I do or more! Probably a lot more! I am just a minute in the days and hours of the next 500 years that nature has provided for me to enjoy. In the past, I have taken some elk to feed my family. In the future I will take what I need I don't make a commercial or monetary gain or a thrill hunt to do a "canned hunt" for any animal. That's the way it is!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sure none of us local boys would get off on the canned or high fenced trophy hunt. Shooting a cow for the freezer gives me just as much satisfaction as shooting a decent bull (well, almost). Great comeback to someone who can afford to know how "easy" elk hunting really is.
Look Boys, I know that 'City Slickers' hunt wasn't what I'd call a 'hunt' in the traditional sense of the term, however, those critters were spooky, and you just couldn't exactly walk up to them, introduce yourself to them, and pull out your wizbanger, and give them the old what-for.
It took some skill (not a lot, but some).
It sure was fun to do it easy for once. Especially, the driving up to it and loading it into the pickup.
Enjoy your hunt folks, as I just talked to one of the biggest gun dealers here in the state (Mtn West), and he says "hunting is dieing." (IHHO) In His Humble Opinion..... lack of sales for the last two years in hunting rifles.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...