You might also consider muzzleloader season......nice time to be in the rockies, and the colors are awesome. Vail, Telluride, Durango, Ouray, Silverton, all worth checking out. Throw Marble and Glenwood Springs in there too.
Buy your lifetime Kansas license.
Take up ocean sportfishing. You will be right there, and it is better than the hunting in CA.
Hunting the military bases is a good suggestion.
Look into Arizona for big game. Its not too far away.
Start building points for the "X zones". Some of the easier to...
It was a fun hunt, saw tons of elk. Got there 3 days early. Hunted hard for 8 days. Never laid eyes on a bull over 300"
Saw very few 6 pts in general. Tons of raghorn bulls. Sounds like it was kind of a dry year in Arizona.
Took this bull on the second to last day.
Thanks to the hunttalkers...
The "hopscotch" or random nature of destruction you describe is mainly from spotting. The amount of embers generated during these wind events is unreal. The combination of strong winds with thousands of embers and not enough firefighters leads to this. Even fire resistive houses were destroyed...