I'll have an elk, bear, deer and cougar tag in my pocket. This reprod runs for miles, is thick as hell, and has some crazy trails through it. Thinking the east (right) side may be a great place for a treestand. Drops off into a canyon as you go east, and west is flat.
Think a trail camera set up might answer some of your questions, I would hunt the top of the draw, letting you set up with a little distance from the trail, and giving you a chance to see animals coming from a little bit of distance both ways so your ready. A lot of the reprod I've been in is so thick, you would have to be set up on the trail to be able to get a shot. Be aware of thermal movements as well.