Ok, so here's what I got so far. I was going to buy a leftover cow tag for unit 54 for the first rifle season and just come up and camp in my truck and hike in by myself everyday. Instead, I might have found someone to help me out. About 4 or 5 years ago here where I'm from we caught a call (i'm a fireman) for a car accident, it was the day before Halloween and it was super foggy. At first I was thinking sure, a little fender bender. On our way we started getting more info, this kid had crashed his car 2 days before in the fog and drove down a large treed embankment and could not be seen. Once the fog finally lifted they put a helicopter up and pinged his cell phone and were able to locate him. Hints where I come in. When we got to the 17 year old star baseball player for his school, he was VERY close to death, he would squeeze my hand when I would say his name. We had to cut him out with the jaws of life. Both legs trapped and crushed by the dash and front end. Anyway, he survived, I went to visit him the next day in the hospital. Of coarse he was in a coma for about a week or so through all of the first few surgeries, I think he's had close to 30 now. But I wanted to stay in contact because this kid was going hunting when he crashed. His mom and dad were so thankful and told me how much this kid loved the outdoors and so did I. Know I have a new fishing buddy and elk buddy for next year.
It turns out he has a cousin near Leadville CO, I called him, told him who I was and he said come on up and we will put you on some elk. Sooooo, here's my plan, I'm going to buy a over the counter tag for 2nd season rifle and go have some fun, Another fireman friend has a friend out there who said he would also take me as that's where he hunts all the time and knows the area very well. I might even have a place to stay (keep my fingers crossed)!!!! This is going better than I thought. I will be hunting units 47 and 48. Wish me luck and any pointers on roads to use or trails to take, I would love to hear them. Mike