November 30th, 2009
Comments Off on Some More Trail Cam Pictures…
Well it is about a month until the archery season starts so things are going to start heating up… Last year I scouted to early and I think I blew some of the deer out of the country. This year I am going lay back a little longer and really hit the hills about a week before the season. That being said, I have a few animals on camera that I thought you guys might be interested in seeing…
November 3rd, 2009
Comments Off on Steve takes his first Elk!!!
It looks like our hunting tradition is in good hands… Steve recently sent me this story about his sucessful Elk hunt. Great Job and Great Bull.
Well here it goes…The day before the hunt opened I was in Ruidoso, playing in a high school football game. By the way we won 26-6, Cobre. My parents were able to make the game, which allowed me to go home with them…alot faster than in the bus! I was impatiently waiting to hear from my brother-in-law who had been scouting that evening along with my nephew. I was happy to hear that he had ‘glassed up’ a couple of bulls 5 minutes from getting off the vehicle, he also told me that there was at least one herd with bugling (…he scouted in the dark for bugles) going on.
The game plan was set, We (i.e. nephew, brother-in-law, his dad and myself) were to return to the bugles in the morning and see what the bulls looked like since my brother-in-law already knew where a couple of others were and what kind of size they were. We arrived at about 5:15 and immediately heard some bugling, we began walking about six, but almost instantly a big ol’ diesel truck with a group of hunters parked right next to us…my brother-in-law confronted them that we were going to be trying to work the herd but it fell on deaf ears, man were we upset to say the least.
As soon as there was legal shooting light we heard rifle shots…our hopes instantly diminished. About 5 minutes later though we were filled with adrenaline and hope once again when the bulls began to bugle. We wasted no time ‘running and gunning’ to the sound of the bugles (luckily my nephew managed to keep up). My brother-in-law spotted the herd as they moved in and out of the pj, i set-up my rifle on the shooting sticks found the bull in my scope and squeezed the trigger…smack. My brother-in-law immediately said “you got him, he’s going down…”, it was about a 200yd shot (no time to range him) and we together saw him swaying and at the time we believed he had went down right there. Well he wasn’t there when we got there…I’m thinking we unnecessarily pushed him, but luckily we located him a short time later to put the finishing touches on my first bull elk!
November 3rd, 2009
Comments Off on Late Season Elk tags to be released.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 3, 2008: LATE-SEASON COW ELK LICENSES AVAILABLE ONLINE NOV. 10 SANTA FE — A total of 350 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season. Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us . Hunters are encouraged to visit the Web site before the sale date to review hunts available and to create or verify an online account, user name and password. Every second counts once the licenses appear on the Web site, as the licenses usually sell out in minutes. The licenses are for antlerless elk in five game management units. All hunts are for any legal sporting arm. Three hunts are limited to portions of units. Maps for those hunts will be available Nov. 4 on the Department Web site. The special late-season cow elk hunts are designed to achieve harvest goals and provide additional elk hunting opportunities. License fees are $62 for residents, $337 for nonresidents. License fees will be charged at the time of successful online application. Only hunters who did not hold elk licenses for hunts this season are eligible for the late-season hunts. It is illegal for any hunter to hold more than one elk license in the same license year. To be eligible for the late-season hunts, applicants who held 2008-09 deer or elk hunting licenses must have submitted mandatory harvest reports. Those who did not submit harvest reports still may do so for an $8 late fee. Late reports may be filed at Department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces, or by calling (505) 476-8038. Licenses will be mailed to successful applicants as soon as possible after Nov. 10. Licenses available (online only, www.wildlife.state.nm.us):
Any legal sporting arm:
Unit 9 — Dec. 12-16, 100 licenses.
Unit 34 — (portions of unit open), Jan. 1-31, 100 licenses.
Unit 51 — (portions of unit open),
Jan. 2-10, 50 licenses. Unit 52 — Dec. 5-9, 50 licenses.
Unit 53 — Dec. 5-9, 50 licenses.
For more information about the late-season cow elk hunts, please call (505) 476-8000.