I would definately consider Wyoming for your hunt. You still have time to purchase a preference point and since you were planning on hiring an outfitter you would be able to hunt the wilderness areas south and east of Yellowstone park. So if you buy a pt this year and next, you should be able to draw a limited entry tag by 2015. Outfitters in those areas always have pack animals which can make for an enjoyable first hunt. The problem with this is finding an outfitter. I have never hunted with outfitters but I am sure there are good ones and bad ones. Good Luck.
thanks for the info Musket. I subscribed the same night I joined the forum. I am waiting for it to show up. Sounds like a great magazine
From my experience, I'd suggest that you apply for bonus points in a few states. Right now Utah seems to be where huge bulls are killed. Arizona is doing well, too. But it will take you 10 years' bonus points to have a shot at a decent area. If I were going with a guide, I'd concentrate on Wyoming. I've seen huge bulls in Wyoming while chasing mule deer. Colorado has big bulls. However, its hunting pressure can be frustrating.