Thank you all! I headed out on the 14th for the final week of my archery bull tag in Nevada, just arrived home two days ago. First Elk hunt ever, was absolutely amazing. Saw 4 Bulls over 6 days and was within 40 yards of a smaller 6x6 on the first evening, was my first face-to-face experience ever and this guy walks in! Was not able to get a clear shot and watched him swagger away! 4 days later I followed a bugle to a group of 7...1 nice 6x6, 1 branch 3x3 and a very unique 1 horn spike, 2 cows, 2 calfs. Was able to stalk within 75 yds before losing cover but watched them all run when my hootchie mama, filled with dust gave out the most horrific cow call ever, lesson learned!
So, my non-res $1200 hunt was a success despite no meat in the freezer and I can say without a doubt that this lifetime muley hunter now has the Elk bug!