My friend and I are headed to Colorado this september for elk archery season. We are planning on a two week long trip backpacking deep into the South san juan wilderness. We wanted to hit the peak of the rut but were also concerned about pressure and the moon phase. We are debating on going for the season opener with a new moon waxing, or the last two weeks with a big moon waning. The last two weeks would get us more into rutting activity I am guessing but also over laps our first week with muzzle load season.
If anyone has some advice as what might be our best bet to filling our tags it would be appreciated. Also any advice on the South San Juan Wilderness would be nice. We dont want to hike deep and run into an outfitters camp. We have a couple canyons and creeks picked out but are open to suggestions. Also thinking about renting a pack horse.