I know the complete answer to this question is too complex to simply just reply to this and for me to expect to have it all solved, but if I can get a little insight and maybe a step in the right direction, I'll take it from there. I'm trying to organize an elk hunt for this September in Colorado. We tried this before, and it ended up falling through when it came time to really dive into the planning. I have sent out a few feelers to a couple buddies, without much response other than excuses of they think it's too much $$$. One though is playing ball right now as long as his finances are in order (just had a baby), so we are at least on the track towards it. I have went through the Elk University on the CPW website. All that made me want to do is go elk hunting tomorrow! Not including gear and food, I figured with tag and gas combined it's going to run us roughly $800-$900 to pull this off. First off, before planning any further, I want to just settle on a GMU. Again, this isn't a decision that can simply just be made. I have never set foot in Colorado (or any mountain setting for that matter), so right now everything is just nothing but unit numbers to me. From our research in previous years, we were settled on unit 62 out of Montrose, or one of the units in the northwest around Meeker. After digging in deeper these past few days I have heard nothing but stories of high hunting pressure in these areas. As I went down the list of GMU's I would change my mind on them for various reasons (topography, access, populations, etc.). A wilderness hunt sounds like an awesome time, while also getting away from the crowd and hopefully on unpressured herds, but being a newbie to the mountains, I'm not sure if we would be up to the task our first time out. With that being said, here is what we are wanting/expecting. If this is completely off base, feel free to correct me lol. -First, just a chance at a legal elk. Cow, raghorn bull, I don't care. I'm not expecting a 300" bull my first time out on a DIY public land hunt, but I would like to hunt in an area that does hold P&Y caliber bulls. -We want to drive up the mountain and set up a base camp by the truck. Being as we aren't familiar with the area, and wouldn't have time to run out and scout. We want to keep it as simple as possible while still being able to have a fun hunt. Not afraid to hike in each day. -I understand it's public land, in a heavily hunted state, but I'd prefer not to be bumping into more hunters each day than elk. -What I want out of the unit is something that has limited road access, but still allows the use of vehicles/ATV's to travel trails that are there I may of just described a unit that does not exist, but I feel once I can get a GMU pinned down, the rest of the trip could fall in place. Currently units 44 and 45 are at the top of the list....for now lol. Also any advice on trying to change some minds of my hunting partners would be welcomed. They all seem willing to go, but are concerned with just coming home empty handed and not wanting to drop $600 on a tag that has about a 10% success rate.