I really wanted to hunt muzzleloader season in area 76 but don't have enough points, thats why I was considering area 49. I do have enough points to draw first rifle season in area 76. Do you think this is a better bet.
You need to go to more of a trophy unit for a reasonable chance at a 6 point. That's almost impossible when you kill 50% of the bulls each year (meaning nearly every legal bull). 49 is not a trophy managed unit, just a crowd controlled unit. 76 is more up your alley.
Access is the best for any unit in the state probably. There's basically only a tiny amount of private land, the rest is public. There's lots of wilderness, but there's plenty of standard national forest, even some trails that you can run ATVs on. If you can't find access in 76 you're really doing something wrong.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...