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.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...