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Classifieds / leupold VXII 3x9x40mm
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:33:54 AM »
VX2 with butler creek lens caps. This scope has never failed me. Always kept clean and dry. Looks like new. Comes with users manual. The standard duplex. Buy it before I change my mind and decide to keep it. $275 shipping included. No reasonable offer refused....
I think I overpriced it lets try 200.

General Elk Hunting / Hunt of a life time or not?
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:38:51 PM »
New Mexico has opened a new elk hunting. The elk in this GMU have never been hunted before. One hunt for 5 days (12 Oct.) any legal (rifle) with 10 tags either sex given out. The tag is a standard hunt. I drew one of these tags as my 2nd choice. Obviously there are bulls up there that are dying of old age. I live in this GMU and the wilderness area, national forest is a short drive from my ranch. Scouting time is not an issue as I am retired (well, still have ranch chores). I also plan to bear hunt this area in September.  It is in the central part of the state and is not known for high numbers of elk, hence no elk hunting opportunity, until now.The habitat is very similar to the Gila and is in the Cibola National Forest to the Southeast of Albuquerque. I've only driven the forest roads in this area a few times. This is my first elk hunt.
I think my chances to harvest a trophy bull are good if I can find them. I have not been able find any management data on these elk herds. I will be by myself on a DIYer. I have a side-by-side on a trailer.I am using onX hunt. I found out that they will be running the dogs for bear on the 15th and 16th. That will give me 3 days with just the other 9 elk hunters in the woods. That is besides the hoards of hikers which is the usual wilderness activity there. They don't get off the trails very far though. Finding the elk is the big challenge.

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