Start before the April 1 deadline and study the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Big Game hunting season application booklet (303-297-1192; www.wildlife.state.co.us), as well as national forest, BLM, and USGS maps. To make sense of the state's nearly 200 management units, look at the Hunt Recap pages on the agency's website. There you'll find unit-by-unit information on applicant numbers, hunting pressure, success rates, and the preference points needed to draw limited tags. Applicants who don't get their first choice of a limited unit earn a preference point for the next year's drawing. You can also simply put in for a point without applying for a tag.