I drew first rifle for unit 45 in New Mexico. I've been doing a tom of e-scouting and was hoping to run it by someone who has been on the field before. With my work schedule i was unable to make it out beforehand to scout. Appreciate all the help!!
Pretty much had the same expierence. Had two bulls bugle during the hunt but everything was really high. Finally got into elk at 11,000+ftI saw some cows and one bull Thursday before the opener on Elk Mtn but their were a ton of locals and ranchers driving up and down the roads which probably didnt help. I heard some bulls bugling before as well but never laid eyes on them or heard any once season opened.