Beautiful part of the state to have your cabin. I assume you are hunting northern part of 4. I hunt the southern border. Like you I find I am bird hunting more and more. Mostly the turkey because they outnumber all the other game birds and a just plain a blast to chase spring and fall.
When I got turkey hooked while hunting in the spring I always said it is a good thing turkeys are spring hunted because if they ever started fall hunting; I would not what to hunt deer or turkey.
Now to me after reading Steve Hickoff's fall turkey hunting book and learning to kill a fall turkey on purpose rather than incidental to another hunt; turkey hooked doesn't began to describe it.
My elk hunts to Co took place in the Rout National Forest we did quite well. Never ML hunted for them but have thought about it from time to time.
If you agree with me call it fact; if you disagree - call it my opinion.
After all - we are talking turkey.