I am not sure why you say its not a trophy area. 200" deer are killed every year in there. Most people don't see them because you can't really glass them in trees, but they are there. There is a fair amount of public. If you want to go high then you can go up around the peaks in the Snowies. Up there you can do some glassing. On the Sierra Madre side you can hit up around the Spring creek lakes. If you don't mind some packing the Encampment River wilderness always holds some big muleys, but most people are not willing to go down in that big hole. Platte ridge wilderness offers some mixed sagebrush and trees around the river. May be worthy of a day or 2. The deer in this area tend to be narrower then up north, but they also tend to carry more mass. Grew up in this area, so if there is something in particular that you are looking for just ask.