This is the kind of stuff you should be looking for.
I think this is the biggest misunderstanding about researching your hunt. The biologist isn't in the business of pointing hunters towards trophies, but they are in the business of studying the lives and habits of game. The questions you should be asking the biologist are:
"What do the deer in this area EAT?"
"Does this preference change during the year?"
Biologists will likely give specific and accurate information about these questions, and you can then apply the answers to your area. Continue with this kind of research from varied sources.
Bitterroot Bulls, thanks for the site, you make a great point about Biologists. Now were getting somewhere! Thanks for your patience with this rookie from Michigan! Hope to hunt Utah someday. One state at a time. Still have to conquer Wyoming
I mostly shoot a Ruger M77 (old model w/tang safety) in 25-06 for deer and antelope. I also sometimes shoot a sporterized 03 in 30-06. I use 150 gr Sierra Gameking BT bullets in it. In the .25-06 I also use Sierra gameking BT 117 6rainers. I do have a .300 Wby that is a custom commercial Mauser action that i use for Elk and larger. I like 180 gr Nosler partitions. It ain't necessarily the gun/caliber, it's bullet placement and confidence in the gun and it accuracy IMHO.
Cowboy Action Shooter; Endowment Life Member-NRA
The Original Rocket Scientist-Retired
"My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."
If you can pattern big mature WTs in thick cover, MD in open country becomes more a thing of what you can put your body through and still find enjoyment in it.
Cowboy, Thanks, used a Ruger 77 this year myself. Tried to buy a kimber 300 shortmag this summer. Hard to find. 2 year waiting list. Don't know if I can give up my trusty 30 year old Rem 700. Its a part of me ya know? Just felt like I needed to upgrade. Buy one more gun to last the rest of my career. I know that's a whole diff subject. Missed a mulie last year with my Rem. Just flatout misjudged the distance. Got caught without my rangefinder. TeddyBear blew it! Learned a lesson though. Seems like life is chucked full of lessons.
Hey Teddy, are you a Yooper hey?
Sooo weird, I hunted region H this year and ran into Kyle Lash.... Nice fella but he didn't know what unit he was in and I had to help him out! Guess he had just got there!! By the way the guys telling you about Unit 82 are spot on! I've seen monsters over there!
See ya on the ridge top!...... By.