Actually, the rut (at least around here) is more in September/early October. With normal weather, the elk should be coming down from the real high country, but I think they will have to go climbing mountains to find them again this year. And yes, they are huge!! Dad just had a hernia repaired, and I told him that he better not try to pack out an 800 lb. elk (they don't use ATVs, they walk it all!). He told me that the quarters only weigh about 100 lbs when they are up there, may be 250 once it's out and on a scale, but only 100 up there.
I just hope he doesn't end up hurting himself.