Having hunted elk near my home in southern Montana for more than 30 years and from 80 above to 43 below without wind chill, in a wind, I can sum up hunting here in a word: unpredictable. That is, except for the quality of the hunting, which is uniformly great, usually hard and invariably better the farther you go back. Elk are the marquee attraction, but goats, bighorn, moose, antelope, mule deer, whitetails, black bear and cougar, not to mention upland birds and waterfowl, live here or pass through in abundance. Wolves are part of the landscape now, and a great game animal in their own right. Downside? With so much opportunity, regulations pamphlets are dense enough to give you a headache, and with B tags, bonus points and online applications, you have to do a lot of hunting with your fingertips before trading the ether space for the open skies.