First, I want to thank NDHunter on here. He's been VERY helpful, so if you're reading this, thanks a lot!!!
March 15th is coming up quick. Brother and I are still stewing on applying this year yet, or just buying points. If we set our minds on hunting this year we will be forced to pony up for the special draw. We are looking at getting our feet wet more or less, with this years hunt, and get some experience and points under our belt before we wander into the trophy units. This will be a bow hunt. The plan at this time is to put in for special draw with a first choice for a unit we know we won't get, second choice 27, which we should get with the special. If you have other recommendations, I'm open.
I've done most of my research and at this point we just need to decide if we want to drop the cash for the tags. What I need a little more help with is when to go. I understand rut is generally mid-late Sept. I've hunted antelope here in ND during the rut and I do love rut hunting. But, we've also considered going out for opener, as well as Labor Day weekend.
What are your guys' experiences when bow hunting this area during these different times??? Go early before they're pressured and hunt water, or try to spot and stalk, or hold off for the rut and go after them with blinds and decoys?? I'd like to find that happy medium between the heat, educated antelope, and other hunters.