NM GMU 36 Muley Archery
Drew a NM GMU 36 Muley tag for archery. Fortunately and unfortunately i'll be returning from Afghanistan right when the season starts. From what i've been getting from most people, the deer are all in town and in people's back yards. Can anyone shed some light on this since i'll have zero time for scouting.
thanks and good luck
I know nothing about New Mexico, but thank you for your service.
Jcharette08 - I've only ever been on the northern end of 36.....i've hunted 37 before and we drew it again this year. I assume you are hunting public land?
Here's a bit of intel i sent a guy about that area....BTW, love that region; that's why we're going back. Froom the looks of it, 36 and 37 are a lot alike. I do know 36 gets LOTS of rifle pressure.
If you are interested in hunting deer or anything with a bow out there, you have to leave your PA bow skills at home and completely revolutionize your tactics. It's all spot and stock and on rare occasions, you can build a blind and ambush. You'll need to be confident with your bow @ a MINIMUM of 60 yards. I have pins at 30-80 yards.
I really liked the bow season (Jan 1 - 15) because the mulies are rutting and you see deer....lots of 'em. 16 just did NOT have the quality of bucks that 37 had. I dont doubt they are there, they are just back in the shit and where no one wants to walk to. Every other buck in 37 was 140+ inches. 2 guys in camp killed. A 140 and a 182. Plus the weather is enjoyable during the bow season. I do not care for the heat. Weather was 50's during day and 20s at night. We saw 2 other bow hunters on our trip into 16.....that was during a 5 day hunt. Little to no pressure.
Bottom line - bring a quad if you have one, and get back in the shit. Check out Google Earth, Find a spot where you can see far, glass, glass, glass. The deer move all day long, you will see deer and a lot of them! They'll be high on the ridges, low in the bottoms, everywhere. If they are rutting, they wont stop moving. find a hot doe and put yourself in the area that she is being chased around. Use a combination of still hunting and spot and stalk. Know there are deer there, and creep on em if you can.
The area is hurting BAD from drought. I turkey hunted there for a week this year, had the same tag 2 years ago. The areas that were holding deer 2 years ago were a desert, completely dry and no signs of life. Key in on water if things don't turn around. I'll send you a PM with some specific areas to check out. I wouldn't pass up a nice 3x3 in that area, though.