Some places look like there are little blaze-orange people everywhere, particularly on opening weekend of the general deer & elk seasons. Get a copy of the game regs and go over it well, lots of little special seasons here and there. Lots of public land in some parts of Washington, some with very good hunting. Other places of course it's great to have access to private land. Some of that private land is avail to the public for hunting, but please make sure.
Yeah, even a big mulie isn't too bad to get out, but an elk? That's a whole lot of work if it drops somewhere far from the road.