The Wolves have definitely taken a toll on the Elk population here(unit#49,36.etc) I yet to see a drastic impact on the deer population,maybe the wolves killing the coyotes are making this a wash?anyway I wouldn't hesitate to plan a hunt..good luck
The gun thing shouldn't be a big deal as I have contacts that can get our guns in. They are good guys, one is the editor of the only NZ hunting and shooting magazine. He would be our hook up to get a little direction right off the bat. The good thing is that their winter is our summer, so a May-June time frame fits pretty perfect. Let me get with him again today-tomorrow and go over a few things. I know you are mountain capable, so that is a major plus.