Bigrock wrote:Any luck? Where in NM are you hunting?
West of Chama, unit 4. Ranch only. I didn't take a gun, let my 2 buds do that. Both had good shots that weren't taken. One morning, I went with one friend after some elk that went into heavy ponderosa pine and oak. We used the terrain to our advantage and we stalked to about 150 yards and the wind was right and the elk didn't see us. My friend passed on clear shot on a young 5 X 5. He had a good rest, but was holding out for a bigger bull that was in the group.
The elk weren't doing much, a few were laying down in a stand of pine free of ground cover, but we had open ground between us and them so I felt there was not any way to get closer without tipping our hand. I didn't have my cow call, but I hit the bugle and shook some small trees, broke branches, and the elk got up and moved around some, didn't run. The bigger bull was visible, but surrounded by cows and my bud felt he couldn't shoot without hitting a cow. The bull eventually eased into heavy cover.
It was a good experience. My friend was thrilled to have slipped up on the herd even if he didn't harvest one. Another morning I tried to attract a bull with the bugle, but was not successful. The elk were bugling some.