June/July 2012 EHJ (Issue 131) - It was early August and I was planning five western big game hunts for the 2011 season. I had three hunts in New Mexico for pronghorn, Coues’ deer and elk. I also had a Nevada mule deer hunt and a Colorado Eastern plains mule deer hunt. The good news was that I had a lot of hunts planned, but the bad news was that it would not leave as much time as I like to scout before the hunts.
The pronghorn hunt was first and I ended up killing a very nice pronghorn in northern New Mexico. A few weeks later I was off to central New Mexico for my elk hunt. I knew the unit was a good one, but this area was in the midst of one the worst droughts in history and the reports of the elk being killed in the early season were not good. The only good news I was hearing was the rut was extremely late this year and we would be hunting the peak of the rut. Work obligations only allowed me a day and half to scout before the season opened. Truthfully, as I drove to New Mexico I didn’t have high hopes of killing a big bull.
I arrived on Thursday around noon, unloaded my gear, and was off to scout.