My wonderful wife started planning a hunt to New Mexico with my Dad for this fall. We have a friend who is giving us permission for a private-land tag in between Tucumcari and Logan.
I'm very excited, but have some questions.
1) My dad is a rifle hunter, so we are mostly limited to the October seasons. How are our chances that time of year?
2) I don't have a pair of binoculars (hunting in the VA mountains doesn't lend itself to glassing), so looks like I'm gonna need some. I've been looking at the Vortex models in the $150-210 range. Likely 10x42. Will those get the job done?
3) What do I need gear-wise beyond my normal whitetail stuff? I've got the bow, boots, gutting gear, etc. I don't have a fancy pack, but do I really need one for day hunts?
4) Will my Realtree AP gear work or do I need a lighter pattern?
Thanks in advance for any help!