Thanks man, I was just about to post the same thing. I didn't draw my 1st season either sex tag, but I got the cow tag in the same area. That way I can at least hunt with the rest of the guys. Now I've got to wait until the deer draw to finalize my elk AND deer plans.
By the way, if any of you did not draw, you can check the drawing summary when it comes to figure out what the leftover list will look like. The number of tags left will be in the lefthand corner under current balance.
Me and my dad drew second choice cow muzzle tags and uncle drew a bull muzzle tag. Me and dad got our points for bull tags next year. Hoping to draw a muzzle buck tag to go with the cow. We'll see, excited none the less.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...