HeavyC, That is a haul to get back in there. We met a couple down there last spring that was hiking the 10 miles in each day, that's one way. I remember telling my friend, that's a long ways, over 20 miles per day for a turkey? LOL! Are you going through Lake Dorothy?
I've hunted the Lake Dorothy area before during the fall season. The James John SWA is a serious hump from the LD parking lot. It's way up on the plateau. Best access looks like it would be to the east of the LD parking lot. But last time I was looking for more access I came across a locked gate about a mile up the CR 85.5 road. On Google Earth I see there's a dirt road that goes to the top of the plateau from Raton Ski Basin. I don't think it's in operation anymore. I don't know if it will be accessible when the season opens either. Maybe you can find out about how to access that road? If you do PM me the info too. I can also see dirt roads coming in from the north of the JJ SWA too. But haven't researched the accessibility. Likely all private land. You might consider bivveying. To get up there and back in one day... plus put in some hunting time would be stretching it. Something I thought about is where the LD parking lot is you can see that there's a long finger like portion of the plateau that comes within about a half mile of the road and parking area. It's an almost vertical climb from the parking area but once you're on top it would be clear sailing. Otherwise it's nearly four miles past Lake Dorothy and up the right hand (east) trail to the top. The last half mile is choked with very thick vegatation too. I know... been there, done that.
Oh, as you're coming in from NM check out the river bed across from the Sugarite Canyon turnoff... just before you get to the Lake Maloya dam. That's where all the birds are hanging out. I guarantee you'll freak. Don't give in to temptation though!
My biggest discomfort when it comes to hunting is my feet and when they get cold or wet my hunting fun slowly turns to a job trying to keep comfortable.
In my opinion wool socks are the only socks you should be using while hunting. Any other socks do not provide the proper insulation and if they get wet all they are good for is giving you blisters. A common myth people share is that cotton socks will keep you cooler than wool because of the lighter fabric but I have noticed that wool socks in...