Haven't hunted in there in a lot of years but back in the late 90's took a cow off the rim of Alamo Canyon in the Dome Wilderness. A fire burned through the area in 1996 so it's mostly small trees and high grass. Watched a NMGF officer put down a nice 5x5 bull near Sawyer Mesa (it had been hit in an earlier season and my brother and I found it laying about a 100 yards off the road starving.). The Dome area is usually better for the late hunts (December...) after the elk start to move off the Valles Caldera towards the Bandelier National Monument.
Have also seen elk back up from Coyote/Youngsville but the road gets really rough.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...