What state of residency and what season does he prefer? Keep in mind that almost all of the high country early hunts are going to be in OTC archery elk units. Also, if trying to avoid OTC elk, there's also 4th season if he is looking beyond 2nd and 3rd season in limited elk units.
He is a New Mexico resident and he would like to hunt a season that is a balance between quality and hunting pressure. Based on this, I was thinking third rifle season. I don't think he would like a high country hunt based on what I have decribed to him from my two high country hunts in Wyoming. Lastly, to tell you the truth, I never thought about a fourth season hunt. What unit(s) do you reccomend for this season? As always, thank you for your input.
Long way off from being able to hunt a good 3rd season, non OTC elk unit or a 4th season OTC area as a nonresident with a rifle. So, unless he really wants to burn those points next year, he should probably keep holding out.
From all of the research I've done on 2nd and 3rd rifle hunts and the research I did last night on 4th rifle hunts, that is the conclusion I arrived at. After speaking to a buddy of mine, I did tell my step son that he could hunt unit 54 during the 3rd rifle hunt and stand a decent chance of shooting a 160" buck if he worked at it. Thanks again.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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