We are leaving out on Friday the 8th for a week or so in NM. Tons of public land and no hunters to speak of- this is a diamond in the rough! This will be my third season hunting the area. As I like to do, the first time I hunted there, I used a local guide (Tim Bartlett- 575-631-7375) to show me the techniques used in the local area. That was a tremendous resource and cut my learning curve down a lot.
As you suspect, the bird population is highly dependent on the weather in the spring and summer months. This year, they are calling it a poor year, but with local hot spots. My friends in the area are finding 5-16 coveys of blues per day. Where I come from, that’s a good day. To be on the ground with my dogs and busting up 5,6 or 7 coveys, I’m a happy camper! Well, I’m pretty OK with far fewer than that, but I like to see the action as much as the next guy.
That’s one “locked down” Brittany- Ace. “Here they are, Boss!”