I'm finally back and settled in. I never could get any input to this area from anyone(made me nervous)-I hunted hard, covered alot of area! I saw about 30-35 cows and 4 bulls during my hunt. Could have tagged out in the first 30 minutes on opening day-if I had cow tag.
I ended up harvesting a 5x5 bull elk tending cows in a sage flat. I couldn't get any closer and the cows had me pegged at 400 yards(laying behind a log that I was using as a rest in timberline). I adjusted the elevation turret and heard the report as I wumped him at 400 and he didn't react-just tended to his cows! I went to shoot him again and I noticed the trigger on my encore had broke off!!!! I looked back up at him through the binos and he keeled over!
I passed up mulies everyday, hoping for a bigger one. Finally , connected with a 3 x 3, very big bodied deer on the last evening. Horns weren't what I was looking for, but was every bit excited about my out of state, DIY hunt in an area I had never been to.