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.
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...