I live in Rapid City SD and am planning a hunt with three friends from MN in 2007 or 08. We are just starting the planning stage of this big adventure, and none of us have ever hunted elk in the Rockies. We are wanting to hunt a good state with public land access, not use a guide, good hunter success, possibly an elk/deer combo hunt, and it being a place where we could draw a group tag within 2-3 years (using preference points).
We are wanting to start planning a hunt every 2-3 years as a group of retired military fella's and have chosen elk as our first big hunt. Success and meat would be a great added benefit of the hunt, but would still enjoy a good, hard hunt with at least 50% of the group getting something. Any info you could provide would be great. Right now we are looking at MT, WY or CO as possibilties.