Mule deer/elk is more doable in most western states. Why whitetail as you have them and some good ones in Michigan?
LOL Stillhunter, I waited my whole life to get my first whitetail buck because of where I live. For me mulies were a dime a dozen and I couldn't sleep I wanted a whitetail so bad. I have 2 now and can't wait to go after more. I won't give up mule deer of course but now I want both every year.
Might check and see if Montana has combo tags left, I have an outfitter in Montana that does combo Mule deer and Elk hunts and I sure we could find a spot fot you feel free to contact me or PM me for additional info.
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...