I'll try to make my intro quick and painless. I've been out west for the snow, but never game. Whitetails have kept me occupied for years until I met some friends that travel west every fall. I've finally got the means to head west and it is coming down to a last minute decision for a solo trip.
As of today, I've read the 2011 big game guide for the 3rd time. Between the CO DOW website, forums, maps and other various reading my eyes and brain are mush so this is a request for additional insight.
My goal is to hunt/camp for the last 5-10days of elk archery season in CO. I'm less concerned about harvest this year as I am about enjoying the experience and at the very least seeing or hearing the quarry I seek. I'm even open to helping a stranger pack out if needed just for the experience.
My plan is to use the truck as a base camp and cover as much ground as possible on foot with enough gear to spent a night or two away from base camp. I've gone through my travel, hunt and hike gear and still have to pick up a few things which I may do on the way out there.
Since I am doing this as a solo OTC trip, I've narrowed my search down to two areas, White River or Grand Mesa region.