I came across this forum and saw a lot of good information so I wanted to finally create an account and post for myself. I moved to Colorado about 2 years ago. I'm 28 and was raised by an anti-guns father so I never had much chance to get into hunting early on. I've always been into the outdoors and a huge fisherman. Last year I had my first taste of elk and that is what got elk hunting on my brain. I decided to take an entire year to do my research, get in shape, and prep myself for the 2013 season. Well I've gotten a great deal of research in and I've been doing 14ers for a while now and I feel physically prepared for it. Right now I'm starting to feel overwhelmed by the choice of where to hunt. I live in Firestone and figured I should stay as close to home as possible and started looking at unit 20 and 18. After a little reading up I've found those units might not be my best choice. I'm planning for both myself and my father-in-law who have great outdoor survival skills but we aren't the most avid hunters. We want to go for the meat so I've been looking at cow tags. I just can't figure out where to start as far as units go and what season will be best. We'll be going for the rifle seasons but other than that, the time of year doesn't matter as much as finding the best opportunity for us. I would like to stay in the NW area of the state but won't limit myself to that if it makes a huge difference. I can't afford to hire a guide or use an outfitter it will most likely just be the 2 of us but we are prepared to do a lot of hiking as I understand getting as far from everyone else as possible helps with the success. I hope I've given enough info to allow for some solid advice, if I've left something out please feel free to ask, I appreciate any help given. I certainly don't want to ask for anyone to give up a spot or secrets but just to point me in a good direction. I want to get into this and stay in it for a long time, and if anyone needs a hunting buddy to pass on some skills and advice I'm all ears.