The reason for the all caps ‘ELK’ above is because that is exactly what our back country adventure has become. What had been potentially a 3 species hunt has been streamlined to a single-minded focus – ELK. We failed to draw a 30% opportunity tag with 4 people 2 months ago and yesterday realized we missed the boat when the black bear tags sold out for our units in only 35 minutes. Not a big bummer though, our hunting is concentrated in some of the highest altitude, most remote alpine back country that southwest Colorado has to offer and most of the bear hunting opportunities are concentrated in the lower oak brush country. That being said, we’ll probably still run into a big bruin – we’ll just be shooting it with our cameras instead of our bows.