hello from texas. first let me apologize for the lack of capitalization. my phone apparently doesn't want to cooperate. anyway, my uncle and i are wanting to plan an elk hunt for 2014, and we have no idea how or where to start. we are trying for 2014, because it will take us that long to save up. being from far away, and being the father of 3 kids that will all need college educations, my guess is that this is going to be a one-time shot for me, so its good that we're giving ourselves 3 years to learn and plan to hopefully give us the best chance for success.
so, where do we start? is it even reasonable to expect to get a tag within 3 years? how much time should we plan for, and is this something that we can do ourselves being from out of state and low altitude, or should we hire a guide?
i'm sure i'll have many many more questions as the planning gets underway, and we would be very appreciative of any help you could offer to get us pointed in the right direction. as far as experience goes, my uncle and i are both suburbanites with families and city jobs. i've backpacked in the grand canyon, zion, big bend, and i have hunted solo on most of my hunts. my uncle owns land that we hunt on, but neither of us is a rancher or farmer by any stretch of the imagination. i guess what i'm trying to say is that i have fairly solid backcountry experience and minimalist hunting experience, but my uncle does not.
okay, that's it for now, thanks in advance