I've been on a few archery elk hunts in New Mexico. I've always gone the 2nd season. It's a DIY hunt. Each trip I have gotten plenty of opportunities, however finding the monster is much more challenging, obviously. In the area I hunt they are screaming from the first day of the hunt. Call in plenty of satellite 5x5s and small 6x6's. It seems that even the small bulls already have a few cows in the harem. Was thinking about sometime in the future trying the first season to see if some of the bigger bulls are not cowed up and more responsive to calls as they are cruising for cows. The area I hunt is pretty high elevation so it is usually 40s in the morning and mid 70s by day. Looking at the weather it is pretty similar temperature throughout September so I do not think the first season is crazy hot. I usually chase them in the timber in the morning and find watering sources for the afternoon/evening. Anyone have thoughts on trying the first season to try and get the monster?