Grab the regs, read them, and then the very next day (go on a weekday during the day if you can, this time of year) go to the oldest hardware store you know of, you know the one, the hardware store that has the old wood floors and a little bell on the door when you walk in? The one that has old deer and elk mounts with cobwebs all over and the owner greets you when you walk in, that’s where you want to be. Ask that guy for help as you buy your tags. Don’t be afraid to tell him everything you just told us.
Then, drive to the nearest national forest, park the truck at the first clear cut and go poke around. Just have fun, and enjoy being out. You probably won’t get anything, may not even see anything but just remember that there are tons of guys out there that have hunted for years and have not gotten anything, check out some of the posts on this forum. It amazes me how guys hunt for years and never get anything!
I think a lot of people, maybe like you, would like to go but are intimidated about the whole process. People want to know what will happen before they even go. You won’t know unless you just go out there and do it. You don’t need much, just what you have. If you fall into the “gear trap” you will be buying all kinds of stuff and wasting money on things that you don’t know you will like or even need. You will keep buying and not be sure if you can do it, trust me, you can do it. Go out there and have fun.