Planning a 2013 DIY public land bowhunt

I realize there are a bunch of threads like mine, and I have sifted through them. My brother and I have never hunted the west. We are treestand hunters of whitetails in Southern Illinois. We would like to do a public land muley hunt somewhere. Trophies would be great, but it would be hard for me to pass up a shot at any decent looking buck (since I've never muley hunted before). What state should I focus on? I've read Nebraska is very tough, I've thought SD sounds decent, SW Colorado is not a bad drive at all.

I guess when it comes down to it, quantity would be over quality for our 2013 hunt.

Any opinions?

Also, what books/dvd's would be recommended?

Thanks much.

Darin DeNeal