Obviously there is a ton of excitement over the August 10th opener and it seems that the majority of all hard-core sheep hunters hit the field for the first week+ of the season. Harvest statistics also show the majority of rams being taken the first few days of the season but then again, that could be solely because more hunters are out. BUT, I've also heard benefits to waiting for September like improved hair quality, solitude, potential for snow to push animals lower, and opportunities for other species.
Now obviously there is a lot to this conversation like the experience you're looking for, trophy v. just FC, etc. Two benefits to hitting the field on the 10th I can see would be undistrurbed sheep (but I'd assume they calm back down into their routines a couple weeks after the opening week crowd leaves) and first crack at the year's 'new' full curls. I remember reading results of a study Joe Want posted last year about legal ram survivability and if I remember correctly, there are always a good number of legal rams that don't get harvested. This would lead me to believe that season timing isn't all that important. As a rookie sheep hunter, I'm hoping to better understand the logic that goes into your preference on timing.
What is your favorite time of season to hunt sheep? How does the timing impact harvest chances? What about competing with other hunters?