ive mett some real helpfull guys and some real stick up the but guys when it comes to bios. i onced asked a fish and game guy a question about the area he was over and this guy was clueless on the names i was giving him and he said those must be in another part of the state, so i grabed a reg off the counter and flipped to the map in there and showes him what i was talking about then he just played dumb. as you said, feet on the ground is best but sometimes its not that easy so we make a few calls to get help. ill ask how the pops are looking in certain areas, how feed is looking, what moisture was like in there during the summer. keep in mind that the bios that are actualy outdoorsmen themselves will have the most acurate info but also buddies that theyd rather share acurate info with.... one approach, if you dont mind the bars, hit up a bar close to interested area buy some rounds after making some buddies and start asking. also, my fav, call the local taxi guys, they are loaded with info, tell him you will be hunting nearby and ask if he has a cooler to store meat in if needed and that if you find your bigun that youd like him to do some work, he will be more then happy to point you in right direc to shoot something thatll put him to work. not his honey hole but he will take care of ya.