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.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...