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Location: Tennessee
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Rhodes Canyon ORYX

Hello,
I am new to this forum and was looking for information about hunting ORYX in Rhodes Canyon. My son and I drew Lifetime tags for OCt.10-11. We are planning on a DIY hunt. I have spoken with several people and have been told many things, but I get the impression that the success rate is not as good now as say 5 years ago. I have been told that if you do not take one on the first day that it becomes a very difficult hunt for the second day. Does anyone have actual experience on Rhodes Canyon and would be willing to share information about areas to look, hunting tips, etc. Is there any weather issues I need to be aware of? I have been told there is alot of mesquite on Rhodes which prevents driving(flat tires) to downed game. I have been told to bring a game cart? I have been told to bring a 10 gal. fuel can(full) for precautions. I have been told that if it rains to not get off the pavement. I am from Tennessee so things that NM residents would not even consider may mean the difference in a successful hunt for my son and I. I have archery hunted elk in the Gila and antelope in AZ. That is some beautiful country in the Southwest. Thanks for reading this lengthy post. Regards, Mike Young

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Location: Nevada
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Mike...since that is a once-in-a-lifetime tag, have you considered hiring an outfitter? I know a guy in the area that would do a great job getting you on some animals. Shoot me an e-mail if you want more info.

Steve

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Location: SW Mtns. NM
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Ditto what raghorn says, know a guy down Alamogorda way that is one of the best at exotics in NM,and elk.When I move there and retire I want to go for orynx or ibex and I'll go with Craig. Give me a message and I'll give you his info.

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Location: RATON,NM
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went down to rhodes last year with brother & oldest son for the broken horned
permits.son was too slow getting on the animal to shoot -not enought exp.at running game to try that.brother hunted black powder-couldn't close to his range. rhodes is big and hard hunted from roads -they seem to know closed off areas and go there after fireworks start-there were very few with broken horns or a broken one-our hunt was in strange weather high winds-rain and very cool-the animals laid down and were hard to find-the ones in light cover could see you at a good distance and very spooky due to wind. we would hit a high spot and glass then find an approach. this resource has been over hunted! we saw very few young animals .we wnt with a friend with a lot of knowledge hunting there and he called the biologist and ripped him for too many permits and too many hunts-
one other thing take at least two spare tires and watch where you walk-do not pick up any thing metal .there is a lot of unexploded ordinance.
if no luck right off the bat i would look for a large area far off the road to glass and stalk.laying down they are hard to see except for headgear.

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Location: San Diego, CA
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Congrats on the tag antvol!!! I actually have a buddy out here in San Diego that drew one for this year also. Not sure if he's going the guide route or not......

Best of luck when the time comes!!!!

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Location: Rio Rancho NM
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Hello all
I guide these hunts as well as on that same OCt hunt in 08 wind will make them lay down but they can be had. If you have any questions I will help how ever I can. through guiding or leading you in the right direction
Best of luck hope to hear from a few of you

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Location: Rio Rancho NM
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Oct rhodes hunt 08 39 7/8" cow

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here is a pic of another rhodes Oryx Feb 09

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