First of all I don't know a thing about Unit 24 so I can't help you there. But if it was me, as a member of Huntin Fool, I would contact them and let them know the unit I drew. They would then send me a list of member hunters who have actually hunted that unit in the past few years. Most hunters I call have been very helpful in sharing information. I would highly recommend becoming a member, it is some of the best money you spend on western hunting. You can Google their name and find out about their services.
I would also contact the game warden and wildlife biologist responsible for that unit. They are usually very helpful.
As far as your meat and trophy, if you are flying, here are a couple options:
1) Locate a meat processor ahead of time and discuss options. Many game processors are geared for fast turn around. I have had deer cut, wrapped and frozen in as little as 24 hours (if I brought it in in the morning). A processed and frozen deer becomes pretty manageable for putting in a couple ice chests and taking on as luggage. It will keep at least 24 hours frozen. Check the airline rates for doing this. If you pick the meat up well before your flight, buy some dry ice. Dry ice has huge freezing ability and will even freeze partially frozen meat. Some processors will also have the meat freighted, that is an option, but check the prices ahead of time, as I once got burned and spent $800 having an elk freighted when I did not get a specific price. I was told it would "not be too much" and it ended up being shipped in a refrigerated truck.
2) If you are not sold on taking the meat with you, some processors also have donation programs, where the meat is donated to needy families.
3) If you get a nice trophy you want mounted, you can leave it with a local taxidermist (do your homework ahead of time). Most taxidermists will mount and ship it too you. That way you don't have to deal with the cape and antlers, which are pretty bulky to take back on a flight.
4) If you just want to get the antlers home, you can split the skull and deer antlers becomes very compact and can be put in a large duffel with your gear. A taxidermist could then mount it on a plaque. Check ahead with your taxidermist on this.
5) I really love European mounts. If I was in your situation and wanted a European, I would leave it there with a taxidermist who would have the skull cleaned with dermistis beetles (meat eating beetles) and then have him ship it UPS to me. It will be pretty light and affordable that way.