I understand. I'll be 70 this Dec, and getting elk out alone is a chore. I'd like to switch to just mule deer too, but it's getting harder to get the tags. You can't depend on getting one every year.
You should have bought a deer point this year. You'd have a better chance next year. Here's another thought that some guys do as they get older, ot hunt alone. Cow elk tags are easy to get. They get one and shoot a calf. Still bigger than a deer, but not so big you can't get it out alone if you bone it out.