My 2017 elk plans started the day after the 2016 archery elk season ended in Washington State. In 2016 we fought weather, high hunting pressure and low elk numbers. This made for a very difficult and unsuccessful season. Not wanting to endure those challenges again, I began my search for a new unit to hunt. Here you must choose western or eastern Washington for elk; I enjoy chasing bulls, so I decided to stay in western Washington. While growing up in western Washington, I developed a fascination for Roosevelt’s elk. These huge-bodied, dark-horned animals that call the rain forest their home interested me and quickly became an animal that I wanted to harvest with a bow. I decided that for 2017, I wanted to hunt a true Roosevelt’s (elk west of I-5) with a bow, and I began performing the due diligence.