I think the season for moose has already started, the boys are going to give it a go, starting this coming weekend, give or take a day or two. (They are going to help a friend find a mountain goat in Idaho, before they start the moose hunt.) If they come up short, the moose season lasts unit sometime in November, so they will try again. Hope they find a good one. The good thing about the moose hunt is the fishing is pretty special in the area they are hunting, so they will resort to some river fishing, it the moose hunt is going too slow.
Oh......they have it all figured out and calculated to get the most out of their trips. It's called "bundling". Leverage every trip to get the most out of the overhead investment. Never plan a single event during a single outing.
I haven't seen your NM forum post, but sorry your didn't elk hunt wasn't all you hoped for. It is good to know that it's not a one and done deal, tomorrow starts another opportunity, somewhere.