OK guys, I have been elk hunting a few times on diy hunts and have been fortunate enough to take a nice 5x5 bull a few years ago. However, living in Texas, I am far from any type of a "elk hunting expert". This year I have the responsibility of taking my brother-in-law and his 2 son-in-laws on a diy hunt the second rifle season in Colorado. This is their first trip hunting out west for anything, elk or mule deer.

I would really appreciate any of your tips/tactics that I can relay to them that might help them in some way. (Such as which side of the mountain to hunt on if it is really cold/warm, when and how to hunt dark timber, etc.).

Any knowledge that you don't mind sharing with tips and tactics would be very beneficial and greatly appreciated.