Just thought i would get some of your guys thoughts on dates for next years CO archery elk season. Im thinking of two possible dates to head out into the woods, the first being the opener on august 25th, and the second being sept 15th. This will be my second archery DIY elk hunt and i was just curious to see what you seasoned elk hunters think about the begining vs the end of the season. On one hand i want to go for the opener because ill have the best chance of hunting "unpressured elk" (if there is a thing anymore) for the most part. In the beginign of the season i also figured the bulls are figuring out their pecking order and seeing where they rank amonst each other so locating them that way and patterening their feeding and setting up on them that way might be the way to go. But then on the other hand i want to experience that slobbering bull coming in hot and bugling in your face. The problem with that is they have already probablly been pushed around by other hunters, have their cows, and are call wise. The other thing and i dont know how much this plays a role in all of this but the moon phase doesnt lend itself well to the opener but more towards the prime rut this year with a new moon on september 15th. Well thats atleast what this rookie is thinking. And if a little background of where ill be hunting helps, its a public land, wilderness area. Well let me know what you guys think because everytime i think i know when im going to go i change my mind. any help will be much appreciated. thanks again.