The first thing I'd recommend is getting Mike's book "Elk Hunting The West". He has some great questions lined out to ask and are great for getting the discussion started. It has helped me a lot with getting the general background of the unit and to start a repore with the bio. I'd also recommend calling the Forest Service game bio for the ranger district that you'll be hunitng in. I have found that they get more boots on the ground in the units and have some great info. I also like to follow up with both after I have scouted the area with any new questions and share info that shows I am willing to do the grunt work. Goes a long way with them. Hope this helps.