First season without a doubt. 5 year average drops from 36 in first to 24 to 14 by third season. I don't have all the 4th season data compiled, but you could compare those two. Any time you can hunt a controlled season it is better than an unlimited season.
But you might want to look into your tactics also. That being said, welcome to elk hunting, even during first season the average hunter only harvests once out of three years. So maybe this is your year?
Today's headlines read, "Hunter Dies of Heart Attack!"
I don't know how many times I have seen that headline in the past 16 years that I have lived in Colorado.
I moved here in 1994 via the U.S. Army to Ft. Carson, Colorado. The "Mountain Post" as it is sometimes called.
When I arrived here, in pretty good shape, the unit told me that I could not participate in P.T. (physical training) for at least 30 days. Now, I had just come from an overseas tour in Korea and was stationed in the...