Follow The Power Lines
One of the methods I learned from the Texas Bigfoot Hunters was to use access points that are not commonly used by hikers or hunters. Power lines have been cut out in a wide and deep swath that will gain you , access to areas that are off trail, and difficult to get to, and areas where a large animal has food and water and hiding spaces. For example, I have been able to find river banks that are never seen by anyone unless there is a Kayak that is miles from nowhere. I good map of the County your in should show you were these power line area are at. Now lets get hiking guys!