Thanks for the input. The only reason I got the drop camp was to get me in the outfitter allocation since I didn't have enough points to guarantee a tag in any of the other areas I apply. I lucked into the CO tag and ended up with two tags this year. I am also hoping SJO does a little scouting in the area and can at least get me pointed towards a known big buck area. I would love to hear any info you have on places to start looking. So far I have been looking at Ponderosa pockets and oakbrush areas (according to SWreGap maps) in the Northern Pump Canyon area and another area near the lake called Negro Canyon. For Colorado I am thinking that if it is warm and dry I will hunt either in Grassy Point/East Creek/Lion Canyon area or on the west side in the Red Creek area. If there has been any significant snow I am looking at moving south and starting at Wilkenson Mt/Severn Peak and hunting south into the HD's around Spring Cr. Thanks again for your response.
Not to be a downer, but I think the drop hunt with SJ outfitters is a huge waste of $$, There are plenty of roads and access to about the whole entire area. I would be willing to get you started in the right direction without charging you to basicly just set up a camp in an area that everyone has access to. If I were you i would also focus more of my time on the NM hunt, the quality of the deer is much better. Vallecito is a good area as long as it hasnt snowed too much by that time. There are a lot of good access roads in that area as well. I have never hunted the colorado hunt w a riffle, but i would think if it snows a lot private land would be the way to go if you could get access to the river bottoms and hay fields. I know even for archery seasons that seems to be the best bet! If you have any other questions feel free to ask.