Personally? We have whitetail deer everywhere, moose north of where I live (starting around 90 minute north and beyond) and elk reintroduced (but in very limited #s) about 6-7 hours north of where I live. Basically, "big game" here in Southern Ontario MEANS deer unless you want to give the hunt several days and try to get a moose tag. Elk~nobody really bothers, yet. Again, that's Ontario~lots of elk in Alberta/BC.
To the question? I don't really care that much for the deer/moose/elk I've tried, and probably 90% of my interest in any "hunting" is the appeal of the equipment, and the act of trying to make accurate shots. In other words, the nicer the gun+the more shooting=the best possible time for me. So, were I answering the question? VARMINT shooting over elk.
For different...or maybe similar reasons~I'm faced with a similar dilemma. High-volume gopher/varmint shoot...or pour those resources into a cheap, warm-climate trip at some point in the winter. I've already let my wife know what I'm choosing for 2018...and I'll give you a hint. I recently bought 1,000 rounds of Hornady 17HMR ammo, and over 5,000 rounds of CCI Blazer 22. 500 of which have already been cycled through my Waltz die.