I am starting some long range plans to hunt out west in 2012 and I have pretty much settled on Colorado as my desination - although I can be talked out of that.
I do not have a ton of $$$ to throw at the trip and really hoped to do the whole trip for $4000.00 but that may be a pipe dream... and I am coming all the way from SC.
Most likely, I will have to go by myself.
I do not have any experience out west.
I am older - will be 55 then - but in fairly decent shape.
I would love to do a drop camp but I wonder if my lack of experience - and likely not having a partner - would spell doom to the trip?
With that said, I am now starting to think that a guided trip - 2:1 - or a semi guided trip are about my only real options at success.
Please offer me your opinions and be blunt - you are not going to hurt my feelings at all - about this dilemma...
If the conclusion is an guided hunt, semi guided hunt or drop camp - do any of the members here know of good guides to recommend in CO or other states with good elk numbers?
I am going to apply in 2011 and again in 2012 - but I think I need a good plan now so I know where to apply for - my head is spinning trying to sort all of this out.
I guess the last question is this... is there an area that would be good to apply for - that regardless of whether I took a guide or not - I could use the permit in either case - just knowing that a guide would tilt the odds dramatically in the favor of success?
Thanks in advance for any help!!
Jim (wishful in SC)