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What to look for when e-scouting?

ImBillT

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Drew my first lope tag. It’s in eastern NM. It happens to be a pretty tough tag to draw, in a quite a large area, with only a few tags issued, and only three days to hunt. As such, there’s a reasonable chance of a good being in the unit. I’ve seen pronghorns, but I’ve never hunted them, and couldn’t even begin to cover the area in three days. Is there anything I should be looking for that sets one area of flat country apart from another? There are some irrigated agg fields that I’m sure will have some, but is that the first place people look and thus the worst place for a good one? Water is semi limited. Is there a distance from water that is too far to be worth looking? Any tips would be appreciated.
 

Huntnut60

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Congrats on the tag. I’m a non-resident who has been lucky enough to draw 2 NM antelope tags in the last 20 yrs. Is your tag ranch specific? Most of eastern NM is private I believe. If it’s private, how many tags were issued for the ranch? That might give you some idea what to expect from other hunters. Only thing you can do is drive the designated area. The ranches I hunted on allowed me to scout the ranches a couple days ahead of time.
 

pojoaque40

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When scouting for antelope in eastern NM, you're not looking for animals, you're looking for access. Find the biggest grouping of square miles in public and find a way into it legally. Find the locked gates, find the water holes, find the broken country that will give you a stalk. Looking for animals is waste of time; they're gonna be where they're gonna be. You need to avoid wasting your precious hunting time in areas where you can't get to them. Limit you hunt locations via scouting and then hunt those available areas.

EDIT: I should clarify that animals may be in part of a the unit and not another. For instance in the unit i'm going to hunt here in three days; they're all in the northern half. But once you've found the general area they are in, scout for access.
 
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ImBillT

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When scouting for antelope in eastern NM, you're not looking for animals, you're looking for access. Find the biggest grouping of square miles in public and find a way into it legally. Find the locked gates, find the water holes, find the broken country that will give you a stalk. Looking for animals is waste of time; they're gonna be where they're gonna be. You need to avoid wasting your precious hunting time in areas where you can't get to them. Limit you hunt locations via scouting and then hunt those available areas.

EDIT: I should clarify that animals may be in part of a the unit and not another. For instance in the unit i'm going to hunt here in three days; they're all in the northern half. But once you've found the general area they are in, scout for access.
Thank you!
 

Bluffgruff

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Send me a PM. I spend a lot of time in NM, and a lot more looking at maps for antelope in NM.
 
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