I have hunted it in september and been there throughout the winter months, Magote Ridge will hold alot of elk as well as fifteen springs area. They will still be rutting but probably call shy by then so just listen for them at night and find fresh sign during the day. Stay away from roads and easy access points as others will hunt before you do. Get a Carson NF map, and have good mud tires cause it will rain or snow for sure.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...