Scouting can be logistically impossible for most non-resident hunters. Even for resident hunters, despite best wishes, family and work obligations and other priorities and hobbies often keep hunters away from their hunting areas. The Colorado preference point system adds another confusion factor. Even if you don't need scouting services for your regular areas, what happens when you draw that coveted tag that you have been applying for for the past 5 or 10 years? Or you finally get lucky and draw that coveted sheep, goat or moose tag? Drawing a hard-to-get tag can be the opportunity of a lifetime, but they are often in areas that you've never scouted. You can pay a guide $3000 - $5000 (or more) to take you, which is really NOT a bad idea considering the value of the tag OR you can hire your own hunter/scout to find them for you at a substantially lesser rate. Also for those determined to hunt a new area or those who are hunting Colorado for the first time, do you want to rely on pure luck to fill your tag?
Where do you begin?
This is a big problem! For a special draw, it may take you another 5 or 10 years to draw again, if ever. You don't want to throw away this special opportunity. Even for easy to draw tags or over the counter tags, if you pick the wrong spot or hunt a good spot during the wrong season or in the wrong way, you may learn how to do it in the process, but you just threw away an entire season and you'll have to try your new theories next year. My theory is it takes a minimum of 3 years to learn a location well enough to be consistently successful. While I won't guarantee you will become an instant expert on a spot, I will guarantee to shorten that learning process substantially.
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