Hey a duckdog...
Your comment: "Don't be intimidated by the idea of DIY in CO. Its easy. (emphasis added)"
Can I ah..... give you call you the next time I shoot an 700 - 800 lb elk and it runs/dives 80 yards straight down hill into the steepest, nastiest dog hair on the mountain?
Agree 100% with everything else you said, but I'm not sure I would call DIY in CO for elk "easy" by any stretch. It also surprises me how many guys head out for elk with no plan for getting their harvest out of the woods -- not even a pack frame in their truck!
Don't get me wrong. DIY is certainly do-able with a great deal of planning (for the worst), and I wouldn't think of doing it any other way. I just don't think I would ever call it easy. Joyfully painful and exhausting, sure. But easy?