LAST EDITED ON Mar-08-16 AT 11:57 PM (MST)
Sure, it helps when i have already taken plenty of nice bucks both muleys and blacktail, i got my share thru over 50 years of hunting cali and outa state. So when i've gotten drawn and even before that, i went to those areas with nothing but getting a Big buck on my mind. there were circumstances where i didn't get the big one, couple times, once in 5a and another in 3a, big monster bucks i had scouted and patterned were poached right before the season and i didn't know about it until i got home so, not the best breaks. I always found and seen bucks, have passed up respectable deer most would shoot, seen a few in the backs of other's rigs that i'd have taken, but aside from a few decent last days bucks, i've done way better on blackies than calif Muleys. Each of those hunts were for the whole season, i had a blast!
7-8 points gives you a chance in good country, to have the opportunity to make the most of your hunt through hard work, scouting, and effort but it sure don't come with guarantees. Some luck would certainly help. It could be a great hunt for you and maybe get the one you're after. I personally have found 5a very challenging and difficult to hunt for a monster. That just makes me want to go back all the more but i probably won't. Personally i would be happy with any of the 4 or 5 zones this year that i might well draw with my 4 points.
Point creep? Yeah maybe but not too much. I'd have to go back and look thru the booklets to say for sure.
"It's all about knowing what your firearms practical limitations are and combining that with your own personal limitations!"