The way Mt. FWP sets rules it will not be possible to say what licensing procedure might be in 2011, I can tell you for this year outfitter sponsor licenses were available and I assume will be then. my area is still in a drawing area for elk and you would also have to draw the permit after buying the license. as far as the mountains I can't help you out there. we have the little rockies but they ain't western Mt. or Idaho. also keep in mind the wolf issue, we do not have them here YET but they are in most mountain areas and have had a huge impact on the elk herds, there are areas that are now 50 and 60% below population objectives. If and when you go on your hunt with who ever you chose remember you are buying a hunt and not a elk. most real hunting outfitters will try their best but none have elk in a pen out back to sell you, that is a game farm.Thank you for your info Mr. Martin. It is interesting how I get a feeling on a person's forthrightness just by looking at their website. I appreciate that. We are planning for a hunt in 2011. There will be 4 of us. I will need tag guarantee I would assume. Also, I was really hoping to see the Montana mountains. Any thoughts?