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#199005 - 04/17/19 10:32 AM New Mexico, here we come!
Randy M
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So stinking pumped this morning. Me and another handgun hunter (Andyhunter on this site), drew New Mexico.

Not only did we draw, but we drew our first choice...the Gila.

Not only did we draw the Gila, this is our first year to apply.

Crazy lucky!
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#199006 - 04/17/19 10:34 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Randy M]
Whitworth
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 Originally Posted By: Randy M
So stinking pumped this morning. Me and another handgun hunter (Andyhunter on this site), drew New Mexico.

Not only did we draw, but we drew our first choice...the Gila.

Not only did we draw the Gila, this is our first year to apply.

Crazy lucky!


Congratulations!

Are you going to use your new .460??
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#199007 - 04/17/19 10:41 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Whitworth]
Randy M
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 Originally Posted By: Whitworth
 Originally Posted By: Randy M
So stinking pumped this morning. Me and another handgun hunter (Andyhunter on this site), drew New Mexico.

Not only did we draw, but we drew our first choice...the Gila.

Not only did we draw the Gila, this is our first year to apply.

Crazy lucky!


Congratulations!

Are you going to use your new .460??


Not yes, but hell yes...
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#199008 - 04/17/19 10:41 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Whitworth]
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Congrats!
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#199009 - 04/17/19 10:45 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Randy M]
Randy M
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Whit,
This right here, is exactly why I ventured off into the .460 and have been working since last summer on developing a platform and load. Just. For. Elk.

My goal is to be extremely proficient with the BFR (topped with RMR red-dot) out to 150 yards, off shooting sticks.

I'm already feeling really good with what I have right now out to 100, which is the furthest I've shot it so far. But every time I go to my lease, I spend a considerable amount of time working on this exact scenario.

Now that I have a load that I'm 95% sure I'm using, it's time to go beyond 100.

Thanks for asking!


Edited by Randy M (04/17/19 10:46 AM)
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#199019 - 04/17/19 11:52 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Randy M]
adbhowler
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Good luck and bring home the goods!!!
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#199021 - 04/17/19 12:23 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: adbhowler]
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way to go Randy...
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#199028 - 04/17/19 04:18 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Good luck. I hunted the Gila in 84 with a flintlock longrifle. I had a Bear, Deer and turkey tag. Saw a lot of elk near a place called Lost lake we found. We south at Reserve and just out of Pleasanton where you turn off the Highway to the San Francisco Hot Springs we drove up into the wilderness. Lot of turkey. Found one bear in 9 days. Saw several mountain lions in the canyons.
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#199029 - 04/17/19 05:23 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Hawkeye]
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You're going to have a GREAT HUNT...I just know it
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#199032 - 04/17/19 05:53 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Franchise]
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Congratulations! That's going to be one to remember!

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#199033 - 04/17/19 05:56 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: RH Custom Guns]
Randy M
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Thanks everyone.

Now the real work begins. I stay in reasonably good shape year round but it's time to step it up. A lot.

More squats and less scotch...
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#199039 - 04/17/19 07:41 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Randy M]
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Congratulations Randy! NM is my favorite vacation spot, but I've not hunted there. My son and I will be camping and hiking on the Jicarilla Apache Nation this summer. Have fun and good luck! Maybe I'll get invited over for elk! I'll bring the scotch
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#199041 - 04/17/19 08:57 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: RH Custom Guns]
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Awesome Randy!!

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#199042 - 04/17/19 08:58 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: JDK]
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Congrats and good luck Randy.
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#199047 - 04/17/19 09:21 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Randy M]
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Congratulations on your elk tag!

I have seen enough of your pictures on the Bragging Board to know that the elk are in trouble!

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#199049 - 04/17/19 09:25 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: cmnash]
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Good luck!

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#199053 - 04/17/19 09:43 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: RSW]
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Good luck. Wow first year draw, guess you already have the luck with you.

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#199057 - 04/18/19 12:44 AM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: ruger4570]
sw282
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Fell in love with New Mexico last year while hunting there.

We saw Rio Grande turkey, Antelope. And Prairie Dogs, LOTS of

PRAIRIE DOGS.. 221 Fireball was what l did battle with against

pesky creatures. 35gr Bergers helped too. We were on private land.

Rancher had 110 sections for us to play/shoot on.

New Mexico is addicting!!

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#199185 - 04/23/19 08:22 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: RH Custom Guns]
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I can?t wait!

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#199187 - 04/23/19 11:29 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Andyhunter]
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Wow, that's phenomenal luck! I hope your luck continues and y'all kill some big ones! I think I speak for all of us when I say we'll be eagerly awaiting the pictures and after hunt report.
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#199450 - 05/04/19 02:06 PM Re: New Mexico, here we come! [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Being a no-points state, your odds of drawing in New Mexico are as good as everyone else's, which I like after living most of my life in a points state -- Oregon. Have heard great things about the Gila.
I drew a December cow elk tag here in my back yard -- Unit 34, the Sacramentos. Wish it weren't a CWD unit, but there it is.

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