Drew out for Unit 30 archery season. I have been going to that unit off and on for the past 13 years. If there is anything I can help you out with just PM me. Never been during the rifle season, so I don't know what the deer patterns are like with the extra people out there, but I am familiar with a lot of the terrain. The other three in my group will liklely be going for a few days in September for the early season, maybe I'll have a little more info. then as well.
First time poster here... I've been stationed here in NM almost 5 years and just got my best draw yet... oryx on Stallion, muzzleloader antelope on MacGregor, first rifle deer hunt in unit 30, and barbary on MacGregor. Last year, all I got was barbary, which I managed a successful hunt up in the unitized Felix River area... unfortunately I got nervous and was tricked by body size, shooting a nice ewe instead of the 25" ram.
I am way open to suggestions on hunting unit 30... I really enjoy hiking so I don't mind getting a ways away from the roads.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...