I've read many articles over the years about how hard it is to hunt in some states, and yes it probably is hard to hunt for big trophy game every year, but I have a system that seems to work in Colorado.
I have been living and hunting in Colorado since 1994 and I have never missed a year in the field.
Now, let me tell you about Colorado's draw system for those of you that are unfamiliar with the preference point system. Colorado is a draw only state for deer and occasionally has some left over draw tags available, but it is possible to hunt deer in some fairly good units, even if you are a non-resident.
Colorado's Division of Wildlife posts on their website every year the minimum points required to draw in a particular game management unit. If you are unsuccessful in drawing for a particular species, then you earn a preference point for that species. The trick is trying to find that area that requires the least amount of preference points, and there are a lot that do not require any points to draw at all. So, if you find that unit that takes "0" points, you need to select the preference point draw code for your first choice and then enter that particular hunt code for the unit that you wish to hunt as your second choice. This will give you a preference point for that particular species as well as your tag for that year.
I have been doing this successfully for the past ten years and have been in the woods hunting elk and deer every year and have accumlated 10 preference points for both species.
Although, I did cash in my deer points in 2010 and hunted a very nice buck in a primo unit this year. So, I will start all over again for deer, but my primo elk hunt is in the future!
Good luck and be safe!