Awesome bull in your avatar. What caliber were you using??Please listen to good advice, these guys have been doing this for 32 years and know how to put you on quality ELK. Their approach is to shoot large caliber guns to ensure a humane kill and you retrieve your animal. If they can't find your wounded ELK YOU ARE DONE HUNTINH!!!
Meaning you pack up and go home approx $6000 light with no elk.
Trust your outfitter and advice. My 7X7 bull in my profile picture and monster 6X6 bull i see every day on the wall is because of BJ Hill and the crew at SCO.
I don't know what else to say.