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    Default NM Unit 45 - 2nd Rifle - Unit characterisitics?

    Hey guys, Time to let the cat outta the bag! I pulled a NM tag. Really fired up as I am ready to get out in the woods.
    I am solo on this one and strickly bivy backpack hunt.
    What I do know:
    - I actually had a deer tag in this unit last year and did see elk, but only cows.
    - I know lining an outfitter to pack out can be a giant asset since it's so steep and big pack-in's (4 mile minimum).
    - Water can be tricky.
    - And yes, it can be dry and hot.

    I'm looking more about what the typical caliber of bull in unit 45 can be. I have a pretty light trigger finger and will drop the hammer on a 5 point the first chance I get, but should I hold off for a day and drop a 6 point? It is after all an expensive out-of-state tag.
    - Is a typical bull 280" or more?
    - Decent bull to cow ratio? I know I can read stats from game and fish, but local eyes seem to tell the real truth better.
    - Any general area? North, South, East, West?

    I have friends that live in Dixon. They will be taking me on a scout in october, but pressure moves things around.
    - Is there heavy pressure in there? I didn't see one other person the whole time I was in the wilderness
    - Lastly, an unfortunate question, any trailheads to absolutely avoid because of vandalism? I know most parking areas are plenty safe.

    Thanks for any advice. I'm into trading info. So, if your from santa fe and headed to SW CO to OTC hunt and have something to share....

    I've answered about 30 PM's this week about the 416 fire. Seems like it's gonna get a little crowded around these parts this year. Putting in for NM and drawing makes me feel like I'm pretty smart even though I drew months before the 416! Funny how things work out.

    Good luck out there this year. It's getting close to opening day! JW

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    I’ve hunted 45 five times but we usually hunt the SE corner for mule deer with a couple bonus elk tags for private land. That said, I liked the area west of Baldy when scouting last year. I’ve been 5-7 miles into the Pecos Wildernesses area and can say I’ve only seen 2 large bulls 6*6 and 6*7 and quite a few5*5s. Jacks creek has been safe for us and the people we’ve hunted with.

    When is second rifle this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rzrbck918 View Post
    I’ve hunted 45 five times but we usually hunt the SE corner for mule deer with a couple bonus elk tags for private land. That said, I liked the area west of Baldy when scouting last year. I’ve been 5-7 miles into the Pecos Wildernesses area and can say I’ve only seen 2 large bulls 6*6 and 6*7 and quite a few5*5s. Jacks creek has been safe for us and the people we’ve hunted with.

    When is second rifle this year?
    Hey, thanks for the response. That is helpful for sure. Makes me think to knock down anything mature that I get a good shot on.
    2nd rifle is Oct 21-25th.

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