Greenbay---DryFlyGuy really hit the nail on the head with his comment about hunting bulls with archery tackle in September when they're making noise! There is nothing like it and you know where the bulls are working, rather than playing somewhat of a guessing game after the rut. I don't feel like a 280"-300" bull is asking too much if you're in an area with a decent elk population. We see bulls like that all the time in the Wyoming unit we hunt every year, but unfortunately it is now taking close to max preference points for a nonresident to draw a bull tag while it's about a 75% chance or better for a resident to draw it. We kill a good bull every time someone gets a tag and we'd be 10 for 10 over the last 10 years or so since I started keeping track if one guy hadn't passed on a bunch of bulls under 320" looking for a big one back in about 2005 or 2006. The reason we have that great success is because we've hunted that BLM area for 20 years or more, so definitely believe the guys when they tell you knowing the country is the biggest part of killing elk on a consistent basis!