I just drew into this unit and I have never been to this part of the country before. Any insight, advice, and tips anyone who is willing to share would be much appreciated. I'll be hunting with a buddy, but no guide or outfitter.
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...