This may seem like a strange question but, does anyone hunt 2nd season elk instead of 1st because of the length of the season? I would think a resident might because he has two weekends instead of one. Just a thought.
I hunt 2nd season when I don't draw a first season tag, but the more I look into, the more sense it makes to hunt third season instead, although that's when I prefer to hunt deer. The pressure falls to half that of 2nd season during 3rd season. I never make it back out for the second weekend of second season, even though that is usually my intent if I don't harvest. The second weekend of second season will mostly find locals (meaning not front range hunters) or out of staters who budgeted the whole week.
In the past, when I failed to draw an earlier season tag, I usually opted to hunt the second rifle season. What a learning experoence. Considering that I'm hunting in an OTC unit, the elk have been pestered pretty hard from the archery, muzzleloader and 1st rifle hunters. Finding them (even in the best of hunting conditions) is a logistical nightmare. The longer 2nd season used to be an excuse to get away from my wife and kids (all girls) and hang out with the boys chasing elk and deer. As I get older and have suffered through some college sport knee surgeries, I'm more inclined to hunt the first rifle and put my blinders on in filling a tag. The later seasons used to get my attention too, but cold weather and bad knees make for a lousy time.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.