I go in 3 weeks. Not sure if there any over the counter tags left in my area. I hunt down in that area about 2 hours west of trinidad. I may be going in a left over season late december so if you are really interested let me know. If your out of state your tag could be pretty expensive though.
I hunt between 9000 and 13500 ft. There are over the counter. there left overs so its hard to come by. If your interested you can apply with me next year, i have alot of preference points so your almost garanteed a license if I get one.
Mule deer are hit and miss. depends on the season and the amount of Texans that apply. I havent drawn one yet in the ten years ive applied.
I would love to go for whitetail. I havent been since I lived in Montana 12 years ago. Are you guys on a draw system or over the counter? Rifle or Bow?
I have been wanting to Elk hunt - if I come down your way can you atleast point me in the right direction? ! ?
I sure hope you had atleast three other guys with you when you shot that - I see only what looks to be a hind quarter on your back.
Tell the story -what caliber - distance - weight and please make up a great story of how you tracked it for days and the only thing you brought was toe-nail clippers to quarter that monster - No - truly tell your story ! I am jealous !
2009 lets get a large party together - the first anual National Open Fire Fighters (Retired guys welcome:) Elk Hunt ! ! !
I wish I had a cool story like I jumped it with nothing but a boyscout knife, But I dont.
I shot it 2 years ago. It was opening morning. We had hiked in about 1.5 miles when we hurd the cows mewing. I thought for sure that it was just someone calling until I heard about 30 or so. We could see some of them through the trees and decided we would try to cut them off. Thats when we heard 2 Bugles. We walked ahead about 100 yards and into what we could make out to be about 200 head of cow and 8 bulls. Unfortunitly we had Cow only tags do to it being fourth season.
My father in law shot before I had a chance to compute what I was seeing. Ive never seen anything opening day much less that big of a herd in Nov. We had a low pressure storm that had moved in the night before. That drives them down and into groups.
Any ways he shot and dropped his @ 270 yards with a 300 Win Mag. They were in a valley so the sound echoed and they all stopped in their tracks which gave me time to pick one out. I shot mine at 7am at 380 yards with a 30-06 using 180 gr ballistic tip winchestor supremes. 1 shot 1 kill. Thats actually the front quarter that you see. I was dragging the hind quarter behind me in the snow. It took a day and 1/2 to get both of them out of there. We caped one and made a rug. I got about 220 lbs of meat out of her with just the quarters and backstraps. Actually we quartered both with one knife. I have a friend who makes custom knives. If you dont believe me Ill show it to you if you make here.
Those 2 elk filled the back of my truck to the bed rails. I could point you in the right direction or we could go together. NOFF sounds good. Cant garuntee evry one draws a license though
Here is a link to a new page on my website beenewsgroup.com I am looking for people who would like to swap hunts or help others find areas they can try out. Guides and offiters are getting so costly - I think we can do better. Even if we can book group hunts - that saves money and increases sharing the adventure.