Well here in western Idaho the blues are where you find them mostly in the high pine ridges. The ruffs are usually in the creek bottoms and no dogs are really needed. Just drive along and watch for a spring then hop out and take a walk, most times you will jump a few right along the road. Both seem to like the road in the early morning and late afternoon .they come out to pick up gravel I think
Now chuker you better have you hiking boots on because they will out run you up hill with no problem. We always hunt down hill to a pick up point. I have to say chuker rank right up there with grouse on the eatin scale
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...