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  1. icgamer

    GMU 16A-Heavy Smoke on western side

    I'm leaving Tuesday around 3 am, but I've got a longer drive...so better start early old man! LOL...but seriously, I hope we bump into each other. You can't miss my gaudy truck if it's parked at camp...grey f-150 with distressed American flag on the side and New Mexico DV plates..
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    Success in wyoming

    Great bull, congrats!
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    My 2020 utah General unit bull.

    Congrats on your bull and the quick wits to shift from "cam collecting mode" to "game on!".... further proof that it really can happen that fast...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Thanks so much for the advice...I'm still trying to see about a couple of folks that are showing some interest.. It's weird because I have some folks showing some "soft" interest but you can't really hang your hat on that.... But that terrain is no joke...Thankfully I don't live at sea level...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Thanks again for the words of wisdom Muleman.... I'm truly taking in all these words of wisdom...and I can't thank this community enough for being so gracious with the advice and tips. To be honest I wasn't sure how the "old heads" out there would take to a newcomer like me...coming hat-in-hand...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Thanks for the reminder... You know...the time I've spent in the wilderness has truly been priceless. Every person I've stopped to speak with has been a joy, well to me anyway, lol. I just finished cleaning out my chest freezer, the primary reason of freezing block ice to take with me (I fill...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    So I've made the mistake of misjudging this terrain a few months back..and I won't underestimate it again... I'm just going to savor the hunt...hope to find an animal I can bring to bear in my crosshairs, and then if it all comes together and I can enjoy those few seconds of elation ....snap a...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    You've been a great source of encouragement and advice Geno...but as I mentioned in this latest update...the second guessing and doubts are starting to creep in...and not without cause. A couple of months ago, they were more evident...but this last trip (and smoke was a factor...I'll admit) but...
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    GMU 16A-Heavy Smoke on western side

    I guess it could have been this fire...I just can't believe I had such a long, uninterrupted LOS to this fire...now I could only see it in the dark, and it was just the orange glow in the naked eye...but this is the only one that makes sense but man oh man, did it fill the valleys in my area...
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    GMU 16A-Heavy Smoke on western side

    Temps were maybe into the low 40's. I sleep in a tent with an extra sleeping bag and am comfy. It's a little chilly getting moving in the morning, but this is how I plan on doing it...I need to message you and figure out where you guys are going to be, I'd love to try and stop by and say HI...
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    GMU 16A-Heavy Smoke on western side

    Thanks for the info...whatever, and where ever it is..I hope it's under control... Just shocking I can't find any info about it.
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    GMU 16A-Heavy Smoke on western side

    So I just got back from my last opportunity to scout before my elk hunt and the western side of the unit is covered in smoke. When I arrived on Tuesday afternoon I noticed the smoke but the smell wasn't heavy..at first I thought this might be some continental drift from out of state, but as soon...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Well I just got back from my last scouting opportunity before "1st Rifle" in this unit and as any of my faithful readers already know...as a first time Bull hunter...I've somehow found myself at the same time full of excitement...and full of "second guesses"... I've read, and re-read all the...
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    Gila Bull

    Amazing animal! I'll be heading out to the Gila early this week for my last scouting trip before my rifle hunt in mid Oct....pics like these are really keeping the excitement up!
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    Backpack Recommendation

    Initial Ascent pack I've recently purchased has been a game changer. When you look at it's innovative frame design and focus on the versatility of the notches that can be used to carry your rifle during hike in/stalk, and how those can then be used to each support a quarter, while you strap the...
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    Exploring NM opportunities for my AD Mil Son....

    It looks like he will likely be granted leave in mid-late December this year and I'm trying to put out some feelers in our home state of NM as to the possibility of maybe getting him a tag of some sort as he missed his regular hunting season, including a bull tag he drew but couldn't use. I...
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    NM Bugle Report

    I was in 16A this week, nothing but a few barks and mews in the pre-dawn darkness, gotta admit i was a bit disappointed, was hoping for a bit more noise at this point. But as for noise, lots of atv's/utv's off in the distance as I hiked around the deep stuff...not sure if this had any impact on...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    thanks for the positive feedback, I guess my timing was just bad. I'm already pushing the negatives out of my mind, focusing on the lessons learned, tightening up my gear and focusing on e-scouting and my archery deer tag coming up next week (another FIRST for me!) I wish the archers and limited...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Well I've missed posting my last couple of trips for a couple of reasons...and man...have I been thrown a curve ball. Two trips ago, I was hitting a peak...seeing amazing movement, running into bulls on the move. I mean it was really starting to peak, the excitement was ever building....but then...
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    Just curious!!

    I just got a copy of WY hunting regs, abbreviated version I think, a couple of days ago...sort of a double edged sword, has me pumped up, but also a bit nervous as I'll only have the last couple of weeks of the Pronghorn season as it conflicts with other hunts, and since I'm in a "limited...
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    Antelope hunting within city limits

    I'm glad you took it as I intended it. I fancy myself as a "peacemaker", of sorts, and I definitely don't want to fan the flames of a situation that's already a bit out of hand. Personally, I hate the written word for this sort of thing, so much human communication is transmitted via non-verbal...
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    Newburg: Death by Dysentery

    LOL, I'm pretty sure that wasn't it...I go for the "chimis" there anyway, and no trouble yet hahaha On a positive note though, if you're traveling along the 380, in Carizzoza there is a BBQ shack on the side of the road, ZZQ, it's awesome, I stop in there every trip and try something new.
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    Tag Transfer

    The guidelines for tag transfers are fairly specific and rigidly controlled. I'm actually going through the process now with my son. I spoke with a Lisa Brejcha in Santa Fe to get the ball rolling, and in the end our correspondence has listed 1. Melody Gonzales, 505-476-8164 2. Chad Nelson...
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    Newburg: Death by Dysentery

    So I've been driving through there (Magdalene) every two weeks since May to get to the Gila for elk scouting this year, now i'm trying to figure out which restaurant he was talking about, lol.
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    Antelope hunting within city limits

    I'm all about making sure things are legal and safe, but once we get past that and start arguing "who's ethics are superior"....well our society is going to hell in a hand basket right now for that very same reason. If it's safe, and legal, then enough said. Is that area a legal public archery...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Will do and thanks for the words of encouragement. I was talking to a friend and guide up from northern NM and I mentioned to him that I could have sworn that in a couple of those pics, it looked like some of those bulls had horns that were already stripped...he seemed to think that although it...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    So I'm not at my computer now, but I wanted to post an update after my last outing. This will likely be old news to you "old heads" out there, but I found this interesting none the less. So on this past weeks trip out I happened to stumble into my first signs of other hunters out scouting...with...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    good luck to you guys as well. I'm not hard to spot. I'm the only idiot not on an ATV/UTV driving an f-150 where it probably shouldn't be, lol my truck is pretty unique, big american flag on the side, so I'm not hard to spot, I always like to stop and chat with folks. Hope to see all of us post...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Thanks for the advice, five days seems short, so I'm going to have to show some discipline to let a 5x5 walk away on that first day, lol. But I've caught some big boys on my game cams so I know they're out there....I keep telling myself to at least do that... I'll be back out there again in a...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, I'm definitely treating this as a "crash course" in elk hunting to make u for all those opening days I missed. One thing I have going for me is I'll be satisfied pulling just about any bull out of that unit. As long as EVERYTHING doesn't get scared off, and...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    I sure hope so..I'm well aware that I've got to wait out 3+ weeks of archery hunters in Sep, then the week of limited mobility hunters right before me...but I'm hoping that the limited mobility folks aren't going to be where I've been looking and that in the interval after the archery folks that...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    Yeah, I got you on those drives...my wife is a nurse so our schedules clash..she finally caught what I was doing this last time...you see I get off working a night shift, then just GO that first day...she happened to be off when I was loading the truck and was like "You're leaving NOW! You...
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    NM 16A, Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

    So I'm thinking I should start a new thread or try to change the name of this one...something like "Adventures of a first time Bull hunter-A Noobs Tale", something like that would be fitting. So I've been out there five or six times at this point...they're sort of all blending together now, and...
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