I am new to the forum and am looking for info regarding the CO preference point system. As my hunt date draws near, I am sure I will be asking more questions specific to certain units.
I have started the research and planning for a future CO Elk hunt in 2014/2015. This will be a post retirement trip for my dad and something he has always wanted to do. He went on a DIY back in '97 without any luck (Gunnison area, not sure what GMU). This time he wants to do a fully guided trip hopefully increasing the chance of getting a shot opportunity.
Given the fact that the trip is still 2-3 years away, I haven't yet decided on any certain unit or outfitter, but am interested in the limited draw units (thinking that they may see less hunting pressure and have bigger bulls/more opportunities). Does this logic have any merit? or is a OTC unit the same as a limited draw?
I think the best thing to do is to start this year accumulating points for the future draw. How many points can you get per year? only 1? or is there a way to get more than 1?
We live in FL, so we will only be hunting the year of our guided hunt, so the second choice/OTC unit tags isn't really a concern at this point.
Lastly, CO just seemed like the logical choice based on the elk herd, public land availability, and overall costs, but I am open minded to other recommendations if you guys have any. I briefly looked into New Mexico, but have done far more research on the CO license/units/outfitters, so that is why I am leaning that way.
If you were in my shoes, planning an elk trip 3 years out, where would you go? what would you do? It is a little overwhelming the abundant of options out there. I don't know where to start.
Thanks for all or any info you can provide.