I finally got drawn 3 years ago, after applying every year from the beginning. Never even got my "first year pin" as promised. By the time I found out I was a weiner, my neuropothy was too bad for me to go.
That's when I realized I was just a dreamer. I was fortunate enough to to afford a Colorado public land hunt with two buddies back in '97 (Vaughn Lake area), and took the only elk of the group.
It was a smallish 4x5, but it tasted so darn good I kept trying for a Kentucky elk afterwards.
I hear they are hard to hunt without a guide,...... but I heard that about public land in Colorado too.
Wish my health would allow me one more elk, but it ain't gonna happen.
Best of luck to those lucky enough to be drawn! Go get em!