Logslinger rules! period. Finally someone who can enjoy sarcasim. That was the best laugh I've had in a long time. What kills me about most people on here is their inability to read the underlying meaning of this post. Do I care if you take 20 people with you? No! Should you? Yes! What you do with those 20 people is a whole other story! I totally agree with everyone wanting to be with their family members on their hunt.
Read that line one more time.
"I totally agree with everyone wanting to BE WITH their family members on their hunt."
Notice how BE WITH is capitalized. That means you know the meaning of what a hunt should be. Its an experience to be shared with all your friends and family that care about sharing your life with you.
How is tromping off in another direction to screw up someone elses hunt an experience of sharing in your friends memories. Why not just stay home and let him tell you about the hunt later since you won't be with him for the kill anyways.
My beef is with the people who just go plowing out across the mountain to simply see elk. Heck, if my father and wife could hike like I do I would have loved to have them their by my side along with many more from my family. I totally agree with sharing the hunt with as many friends as possible. What the varying opinions on this thread are not getting is that most of these so called helpers are doing anything but helping.
On the other side of the coin how about those fishermen and hikers?
Honestly, how many hikers are out and about during the off hunting parts of the year? How bout fishermen? how many are spooking elk after elk? Not many. Why because there aren't lakes and streams in every canyon in many units. So for the most part I think I've proven that most of the problem lies with the people who take the entire 82nd airborn with them elk hunting with orders that once you hit the ground to have fun.
As far as hikers goes yes the wasatch is gonna eat your lunch as well as other units but all the rest would provide on heck of a hunt.