Man, I wish I knew. I'm kind of in the same boat. I have a permit, but more importantly, I've got a number of people who I'd like to help fill their permits. My nephew is going to hunt his mother's permit, and this would be his first big game animal, so I'd rather avoid the crowds of the opening weekend to give him a better experience. A close friend who I haven't hunted with in years has it as well, and I'd really like to spend some time in the field with him. I know that we could blaze up there this weekend and probably get some right by the road, but I'd rather have a hunt, not just a freezer filler (though I appreciate that as well). That being said, I really don't want to miss it.
I'm going to call F&G in Glenallen this afternoon to see what they're seeing and thinking. I know they can't make any guarantees, but I'd sure like to get their opinion on the matter. I'll let you know what I find out.