i wont take a position on this just yet. if my friend Greggs (some of you know him as GSelkhunter on another site) rehab goes well from his recent double knee replacement surgery in December i will hunt with him. if he is not ready yet i will hunt solo again. either way i can't wait til September
So far my plans are CA Deer solo, NV Deer solo and CO Elk solo or maybe meet up with a partner back there....I don't mind hunting with a partner, I just don't get that many people willing to backpack hunt as often as I like.
Ok I voted solo for a couple of reasons. First off I have dudes that are super fired up about bowhunting in March but every early September something always comes up!!...work...kids....etc.....if this is your passion...screw it...Put solid plans on the calendar and stick to it!! The only excuse is your wife is having a baby!! etc....The other half that I have experienced is ok your partner calls in the bull and you shoot it right. Then next year I feel like I owe him a elk and he is ALWAYS out front. My season is just calling. Its nice to just go solo. You can go at your own pace and call to locate and then sniper in......
Probably solo for me for elk. I have a few buddies I hunt other species with, but these same guys aren't into getting after elk seriously. They may go to elk camp, but camp is mostly what they do. So, I'll go it alone this year.