I hunted 17 last year on the 3rd archery hunt bulls were still up high, with water everywhere it was hard to sit on water holes rained some everyday but the last 2, Bulls were very quiet all through the hunt only heard 2 bugles 2 360 class bulls spotted and 1 340 got close enough to my buddy's but they were pinned down by a cow at 8 yards, never got a shot, did see a few deer but not many we scouted in july and drove up the water canyon side and saw more deer their than on the west side, 3 bucks from top to midway down, rough country, but the game is there, hope it helps.
You shouldn't have too much trouble finding Muley's in 17. THey are pretty widespread. The only problem may be getting to them. This unit is extremely steeper than a lot of the other units I have been in in New Mexico. You might want to try the area near the Apache Kid Campground. There is few elk on this side of the range but I have seen a ton of good sized deer running around. Good luck hunting.
Thanks for the information. It will help in trying to narrow down the parts of 17 we want to try to hunt. Based on the information that we've gotten, it seems like the San Mateo Mountains are probably a little better than the Magdalena. Any thoughts other? Did y'all multiple areas within the 17?
I am in desperate need of some advice!! I have gotten a deer tag for unit 23. This will be the first year that I have been hunting since my grandpa passed away. I am a college student in Oklahoma. I am from ABQ and will be hunting over my Christmas break. I am a little nervous to hunt a new area...I was hoping for some advice if you can help at all i would appreciate it! I will be going with my older brother. We have never hunted muleys south and would appreciate any help we can get. this hunt is near lordsburg. Thanks again for the help guys. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. You can also email me at email@example.com
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...