So this is the first big LE tag I've ever drawn and I'm already getting excited/anxious. I have a few specific questions but all and any help is appreciated. I've already got several maps of the area, have google-earthed the area a million times, and I've talked to a former tag holder. I also have a friend that is really familiar with the area that I haven't been able to get a hold of yet. (Plus, I got some new glass from hardstalk, which should really help!) So I have a pretty good starting point. Anyways, in anticipation of shooting a good bull (am I getting ahead of myself?), I was hoping someone could give some recommendations on a taxidermist in Reno, or maybe Elko for that matter. I have a really good taxi back home in MT but it seems a bit ridiculous to send my bull all the way back up there if I can find a good one in NV. It sounds like some of you Reno guys have some really good taxi's. Also, I've gotten the general impression that getting into the wilderness will really help; getting away from all the pickups and atv's, etc. My family has horses and right now we're planning on doing a diy horse pack trip. My question is this: The vast majority of elk are harvested in 072. Is there any reason to spend my time looking in 073 or 074? Also, being that I have the late tag, does the elk distribution change a whole lot as the season gets into November? Should I expect a ton of snow? How about outfitter pressure?
I have over two weeks in November already scheduled off and this tag couldn't have come at a better time for me. I plan on getting out there a few times before the season to get a lay of the land and will be up there a few days before the season starts. My friend told me he would be really disappointed if I shot anything smaller than a 350 bull. I have the time to put in, but is this a realistic goal? I have no problem shooting a smaller bull as my biggest isn't even close to that if it's not really feasible, but also don't want to drop the hammer too quick if the area's potential is out there. I've heard I'll be able to look over quite a few bulls and just want to make sure I balance reality and expectations.
I'm really excited about this tag! Thanks in advance to all you crazy Nevada guys! I may have to pour a keystone out on my hunt for the homies just for good luck...