So, I saw some discusson on other threads about what people were planning, or had already put in for, but I thought I would put one out specifically for Colorado.
Today, I broke down and put in my Colorado license applications. I probably should have waited a little longer since by putting in now, I basically give the Division my money for an extra month. However, I just couldn't convince myself to wait any longer. For some reason, it is exciting putting in for licenses. I think it is as simply as knowing I am one step closer to season.
For elk, I will be getting a preference point. I didn't bother with a second choice because I will get an OTC tag later. I will likely go OTC 2nd Season with my family, but if that would fall through for some reason, I will go OTC Archery solo.
For deer, I will get a preference point and likely draw my 3rd choice tag, which is archery for Unit 29. It was definitely unusual hunting that unit last year with it so overrun with non-hunting recreationalists. However, it still beat staying home.
For antelope, if everyone applies the same as they did last year, I should have an approximately 20% chance of drawing a rifle buck antelope tag. If that doesn't pan out, I will likely wear myself out trying OTC Archery.
I finally started the preference point game for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat, largely thanks to inspiration from people on this site. By reading some of the stories and posts about hunts for these species, I finally convinced myself that I can loan the Division some money each year for a couple months over the course of several years in order to give myself a chance to draw one of those tags.
Also, I have not seen the link posted, but for anyone who hasn't put in and would like help with the CO application process, the Division has several seminars in different parts of the state to help.
Anyway, happy application season while dreaming about hunting this fall!