That said, I know folks who get elk up Fish Creek every year, and I've taken one not far from there. Whitetail hunting should be good, and so far there aren't many (or any?) Griz encounters. Lots of good Black Bear hunting.
In general it's thicker country, but also a little warmer. Definitely better huckleberry picking.
I look at Bozeman as where the "Beautiful People" live. There's a few things I miss, but mostly glad I left that town.
There's elk and good deer hunting in the area, but again, it is nothing like SW Montana as far as elk numbers. If you find elk I think you keep it pretty close to the vest, so to speak.