I admire your chutzpah and I'm not even Jewish, LOL! What would be the approximate dates of your hunt in order to figure approximately what the weather might be while you're there? Also, how far do you figure you would be from a trailhead where you would have to pack an animal out. It takes me 2 trips to backpack a mulie out by myself like this one I shot last year and it took two of us 4 trips to haul this big 357 3/8" bull out that my buddy shot in 2010 and it's only at about 7,000' elevation. Each trip was about 2 miles in fairly easy country compared to where you plan to hunt. Where you're talking about going I wouldn't even think of trying to take an elk out if the weather wasn't really cold to allow plenty of time to get it out and prevent spoilage.
I think first rifle starts oct 13th 2013. I plan to hire an outfitter to pack anything I get out. I would not shoot anything I didn't think I could retrieve. Not over the top of a ridge top then 2000' down into a blind ravine with a 25* slope. That elk is safe from me. How far from where a mule can get isa have to be there call. How am I doing , do I think I can handle this? I am not over the top brave at all. My heart will be racing as I start. Fear and doubt will have to be tamed. I am planning to get there 10 to 15 days ahead of season to get adjusted to altitude and work things out camping next to the truck and then a couple of 1 , 2 or 3 night out trips to the area. I don't think I can just show up , hike in and hunt.
I would love to hunt an open rolling mointain top with big beauties like that elk. If I could get one more wish....drive up to it after the shot! Don't think that hunt is in my budget :( . I don't want to hint someplace where the map looks like a jigsaw puzzel from all the roads. Low odds of me getting my elk and high odds of me wanting to shoot someone. I think this is the best way to have the trip of a lifetime and learn at least what not to do next time. I may just move there next spring. I own and drive a truck of a living so I can work anywhere. I am getting tired of hot Florida summers. It was 115* and 97% humidity last sat. on my friends porch.
That's public land where I hunt in Wyoming every year for deer or elk when we can draw tags and there are only two roads within about 10 miles or more. It's in a nonmotorized area with few hunters and why we like it and do well. It isn't quite as open as that picture of the bull would lead you to believe as there are big canyons all over that they go into during the day and where he was going when we caught him right at daylight heading to one. These are two of the smaller, shallow ones that you can actually hunt compared to several that are so steep aguy would be crazy to even try to go in them.
That is what I have in mind and there is where you might find a bull like that. That is a really nice bull and a beaitiful place to hunt. It is a little after 6am and I'm heading out to my hunt club to work and do a few miles hiking in the woods to help get ready.