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.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...