I am going in the pasayten for mulies for the first time, any advice on strategies or locations, im not asking your familys traditional spot but if you could tell me, go in on blank trail that would be great!
Are you planning to hike in or use horses? As you probably know, it's big and rough country, so packing in & out on foot will be a job. I went in a few years ago with an outfitter on horses and hunted around Tatoosh Buttes--about 27 miles from the Billy Goat trailhead on 8-mile Road. I shot a decent 3x2, but I was lucky even see anything. I don't know about 2010, but there haven't been many deer seen and shot in recent years according to guides and hunters I've talked to. You also want to be aware that the outfitters have the areas kind of divided up with their spike camps and main camps, so you'll probably want to avoid them if possible--not all of them are "nice". One last thing, if you're going in during the early high buck season, the weather is unpredictable. It was really warm when I got my buck and most of the meat was spoiled by the time I got it out. It's beautiful country though, so good luck & have fun!
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...