Well I found a group on Tue morning at first light feeding in a meadow on top of a mountian. I watched them from about 4 miles away as they worked back into a north facing timber patch. I could tell there was a bull but not really how big as I was looking into the rising sun. Went back on Wed morning and they were working the same ridge. So started hiking Thurs morning at 440am and at 715 I was up on the ridge 100 yards from the edge listning to at least 3 bulls bugling. At 725 I worked to the edge of the meadow and saw 2 bulls right away. As I moved in to get a better look I saw there were 4 bulls off to the side of about 30 head with this bull in with the cows. They were moving towards me and moving up the ridge about 300 yards out. I could see this bull but in the light I really couldnt tell if he was something I wanted to pack that far. I kept seeing great tops and then weak bottoms. About 10 min later the herd was 147 yards out and I could see he would meet what I had set for a min size for this years bull. Hes about a 270-280 bull. He has great tops with 17" swords and 10" 5ths and about 12" of whale tail. Spent all day yesterday shuttling parts up and over a mountain and finnally at about 4pm had to admit I needed help. So 4 of us went in today and brought out the rest. Man! the things a bull elk will convince a man to do. I hope I have feeling back in my legs by Mon. Getting too old for this stuff!
Now gotta fill my cow tag in such a way that it falls or rolls into the back of my truck.