There's a term among deer hunters called "ground shrinkage." That's when the big deer you shot seems a lot smaller when you get up to it on the ground.
When you shoot an elk, it's the opposite. You're on a ridge 4 miles from the truck and you get up to the thing and it gets bigger and bigger. Now you're standing there with a thing the size of a horse, that you have to pack out of the mountains, and you begin to question your decisions.
Years back a buddy and I were bowhunting a certain area. There was a bull moose living in a river bottom that we hiked through to get up on our elk hill. It would grunt at us, and we'd grunt back and it would approach. When it got within 80 yards or so, you get kinda nervous over what you'd do with this little bow and arrow if it got pissed off. Monstrous.