I opted to not hunt a bull and went with two cow tags in 2012. My family of 5 blew through 2 elk in less than a year. Can't have enough elk IMO. I get the packout on your back issue though. I have horses which makes that a breeze Control tags are fine for anywhere but the wasatch is what I think.I had one for the South Slope Yellowstone area. I shot a young branched bull. He had about 9 cows/calves with him. I had a few other hunters ask me why I didn't also shoot a cow or stay a couple other days to shoot a cow. First off, I wasn't looking to pack out that much meat in one day. Second, I really only bought the tag because I wanted the opportunity to get meat and did not want to pass on a cow if I was blanked with my GS bull tag. Lastly, I have a family of four with one bull elk to eat. How much more meat does one family need? For me, it was not about the horns, it was about getting meat.