What can you experts suggest to a plains hunter who only has hunted deer? I have an opportunity to go Elk hunting with a co-worker next year in Colorado. He has gone once before with his in-laws and was successful. He took an bull at approximatly 350 yds with a single shot from a .270. He has ideal connections as his in-laws have a large hunting cabin and lots of land. They have horses for the extraction and help process the elk at their ranch. They don't have guides but they give you a two way radio to call back for extraction. They just point you in the direction and you are on your own (I don't mind). My co-worker did see a huge bear at around 500 yds last time so I am thinking of packing a .44mag along with the rifle. I will probably use a Tikka in either .308 or .30'06. I think either is enough gun if he can anchor an elk with a .270. The area where I hunt deer is full of wide open spaces. We usually chase them out of shelterbelts or sloughs and take them in the open, often running at 200-300 yds or more. Will elk behave in a similar manner? Or do they stay in the cover of trees rather than come out to clearings? How close have you been with your elk shots? What is their keenest sense? Yes, I realize this will be in the mountains but I work out regularily. This past summer I spent a week hiking in the Bob Marshall wilderness area in MT and didn't have a problem. On our exit day, my group did 12 miles in 4 hours w/full load in the mountains so I think I am in shape for this...especially if horses are evailable to haul it out. Anyway, what advice/tips can you give? Thanks in advance.