My buddies had an unfortunate run-in with Joe Latham a few years ago in Colorado. His hunter finished off a buck that was already wounded and they were in pursuit of.
Don't mean to call the guy out but it's the truth. If you hunt with him or for that matter any other outfitter, check your GPS to make sure you are in the right unit-let alone the right state- Don't you think Joe?
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...