If its warm like the last couple years, don't count on a lot of bugling. Find the water and try to pattern by getting on some vantage points a couple days before the hunt starts.
I'll be there this weekend setting up trail cams for my November Deer Hunt. I own 180 acres that borders the BLM and Cilbolla on two sides.
Whatever you do, don't over look the barren BLM land. You'll see Antelope and Cattle, but 3 of the last 12 Governors Bulls have been shot out there in 17. Go to my YouTube page REGIONALAZ and you'll see a 400 Bull I filmed the day before the season a few years ago. Don't confuse that video with the one of my Dads hunt in Unit 4.
Great week of Rain. Water hole on my property was 1/2 full and more rain was moving in when I left on Saturday. Majority of Bulls were really high at 8,000 feet plus. They'll start working their way down as the weather cools.
Had conversation with some locals we know and the minute the forage on the mountains became green, the Cows took their Calves up high out of the plains areas in most places.
I drew a NM unit 17 muzzleloader elk tag for October 2011. Anyone know where there might be some BIG bulls this time of year? Would you be willing to share any information? I know this is a tough tag to pull and want to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...