Not even close. Minimum 3 days to get acclimated familiar with getting around in the mountains. On day 4 you’ll be walking around panicking thinking damn tomorrow is my last day and on day 5 you’ll be saying to yourself that was like the blink of an eye.... I’m finally in the groove and I’m done.I am going for 5 days also I hope that's enough for success
Agreed here. Elk hunting requires a burning determination that can torch a friendship or relationship. Tread lightly with bringing along others that might not have the flame.Goose,
A couple thoughts. It's clear you prefer Archery. As some have already said, 5 days isn't enough unless you just happen to be extremely lucky. If you go with a buddy be sure he has the same dedication as you or you will regret it. That said it's very, very helpful to have someone along that can call elk and help with packing an animal out.
It's hard to know exactly when the rut will start but mid September is probably as good a bet as any.
As to your son's going, only take them or one of them if they are as eager to go as you. If they are reluctant at all don't push them the least. If one of them or more happens to be dying to go consider going on a youth hunt with them if possible. I'm not sure how it works these days but a youth used to qualify to hunt in units that normally require many points to go into and their tags are less expensive as well. It could be the hunt of a life time for a young hunter assuming they still run the youth hunts the way they used to in Colorado. It would be fun for you as well just being able to see your son/sons have much larger than average chance at a bull.
But thinking about it, you would probably be more helpful to them if you had at least one season under your belt.
Whether you are successful or not it's still often a very exciting time. But if you take the wrong people with you and they want to come back before you're ready it will definitely spoil the hunt.