Hey thanks for the info on NM 30, I have heard good things about Unit 2 but have no idea what is like. Its been hard getting input b/c it seems people don't want to give up honey holes, but I will pass on anything I read to you..
Tone there are some real monsters in this unit and if you get the right weather conditios it can be even better. The closer you are to the CO border the better up on Carracas and Middle mesa's is where you'll find the real monsters but yu have to be willing to hike well off the main road and spend a lot of time on the rim rock glassing.
Tone, Unit 2, whether B or C, is one of the highest demand GMU's in the entire State. That's a great draw for mule deer! It was my first choice for deer this year..and will be for the forseable future. I have friend who own property there and are successful with 30inch+ deer nearly every year. The Unit has a good deal of private property, from what i understand, but it shouldn't be hard to find some big bucks.
Actually there is very little private land in 2B. Get a Navajo Dam BLM map and check out the areas where the BLM and Carson meet. The North will be crawling with road hunters. You can kill a big buck just about anywhere in the unit, there are many resident deer as well as the migrants. No real honey holes until the snow hits the Colorado side, then they funnel in, as far as resident deer, just get behind gates (walk) and glass and thell show themselves.
My advice is dont kill the first deer you see, because it wont be the last
Thanks for the info, i have heard that there are quality bucks everywhere in this unit. I plan to hunt near chosa and valencia mesa's near the 2C border. I have heard everyone hunts up by carracas and there is a lot of road hunters.
What! Another great draw for you tone,that is muley area I hope to draw in future also. These guys advise is golden, backed by research on my part. I drooled for several days around that area the last time I was there, and convinced me NM is my kind of place to hunt and visit. Got lucky and drew 44/45 2nd elkMB. Next year 2b deer , Gila Bull, Yeah never know!
Guys thanks for the advice. I went scouting this week and saw a few bucks in the area. Didnt see any big boys but Im hoping it snows up there in November. I was wondering if the truckers getting the natural gas up there stop thier runs during the hunts. There were trucks everywhere up there!!!
Only a little slower on the weekends. The are out there all the time. If you can talk to a couple of them they're probably one of your best scouting tools available, and if it rain those roads get rutted up real fast.
Yes, the rain can really ruin your hunt as well as melted snow, those roads turn to snot fast and if its not windy or sunny it can take a while to dry. Bring chains if you dont have good self cleaning mud tires. As for the trucks, the deer are use to them. They will not be drilling in november but still checking locations and tending wells. Get behind the gates and it gets much quiter.
I'd say bring chains even if you you have good mudders. I know hunting up there as a kid dad always had them and they saved our tails more than once.
I'm heading up next month for sons youth hunt and I sure won't be caught with out them.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...