I thought I'd update you guys on the hunt. The bad news is I went home with tag soup...the good news is I had an amazing time, saw some amazing elk, and met some great friends along the way.
In a nutshell, we got into some AWESOME rutting action, and the information that was given to me on this site proved to be very valuable. THANK YOU!
I ended up meeting a fellow Monstermuley hunter and he was generous to offer information on what he had found. We ended up hunting together and helped him harvest a great 6x6. My 9 year old got the entire experience from the spot, stalk, call, shot, and packout. Because of this, I think he's hooked for life.
I had a couple of opportunities earlier in the hunt and chose not to take a long shot. On day five, I had my chance at a very nice bull and flat rushed the shot and missed. Hunting these elk with an open site muzzy proved to be a challenge, and by no means a gimme but the hunt was great nonetheless. If anybody else ends up drawing this tag let me know...I'd be happy to help point you in the right direction.
Many thanks to all who participated and helped!