Having only hunted elk once before, that being a Wyoming wilderness pack hunt, that was enough to get me hooked. I am from Wisconsin and love to bowhunt for whitetails. A buddy of mine and I have decided to do the DYI type hunt in Colorado. We decided to go with the smoke-pole because we will hopefully catch the tail end of the rut, be able to reach out a bit farther than a bow, and hopefully less hunting pressure than the rifle seasons. We have kind of zeroed in on the Rawah wilderness area but that is not set in stone. We do have one preference point so hopefully will be sucessful in the drawing next year. Not knowing exactly what questions to ask right off the bat I guess I will start with the best area within unit 7 that will provide the best opportunity. We are not concerned with a huge bull, just a legal bull. We will be on foot but are able and willing to hike in a ways to get away from other hunters if that is possible. What kind of hunting pressure is there during the muzzeloading season? I have read about the area around Roach Road, any suggestions there? Once we decide on an area, what are the best maps to get and where? Basic topo maps or something else? Thanks for any info, I'm sure I will come up with more later.