A guy from church, well call him- C, encouraged E to put in for a tag and invited him (and me to tag along) to hunt with his family in Gardner, CO. E drew a Colorado cow elk tag and we headed to Southern Colorado last November. It was a bit warm for hunting season, so as a tag along it made it quite enjoyable, but for E it didn't provide many opportunities.
C's son, J, has been hunting the area for 10+ years and was familiar with the terrain. E is not much of a sitter...he's more of a spot and stalk kinda guy. So he put a few miles on during the week.
J, his two sons, E and myself walked a ridge line and got super-d-duper excited when we spotted a huge elk across the way. We even went as far as getting in position.
Unfortunatley, everyone had cow tags and it was a big beautiful bull elk. False alarm. The elk itself was amazing and we stopped and watched it for awhile.
No elk were harvested, but an enjoyable time was had.