I am sure this has been covered many times before, but I am new to the forum and new into researching outfitters for a elk hunt. I am looking for an outfitter to use for a fully guided Elk hunt in 2014-2015. I have not yet picked a particular region/unit, but am starting to contact outfitters to see what they offer and get references.
My question is kind of simple, but I am sure the answer is not.
When looking for a Colorado outfitter, should I only consider the ones that are in the Colorado Outfitters Association? It seems that the overall percentage of outfitters in the association is low compared to the total number of Colorado registered/licensed outfitters? Are the outfitters in the association any better in terms of quality of hunt, success rates, GMU, camp, etc? or is belonging to the association more for marketing and advertising?
While I am not exactly asking for recommendations for outfitters, I would certainly welcome any. There are many to choose from, and without experiencing any with past hunts, the choice is difficult. I know I have my homework cut out for me.