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My group was successful in the NM archery elk draw and we're headed to unit 6a on September 5th. Never been to 6a, or hunted NM for that matter (only hunted elk in CO). Anyone been to 6a in New Mexico? Advice or help of any kind would be very much appreciated!

April 26, 2014 at 10:35am

I hunt approximately 500 acres of 5 year old CRP in northeast LA. When we set up the CRP, which is planted entirely in hardwoods, we reserved a few acres for planting food plots. The problem we have encountered though is that when the water backs up onto the land, like it did this fall, the first thing it covers is our food plot areas. The water stayed up high enough this year to kill pretty much all of our clover.

Certain parts of the CRP always stay dry during these floods. My understanding of CRP rules is that you cannot manipulate the CPR land in any way. Does anyone know anything more regarding planting food in CRP? Can you even pull a blade or gate etc.. over the ground in between the trees to disturb the soil for the seed, or would this be considered manipulating the CRP land?

I've also considered the possibility of trying out some of the "no plow" seed but I am a little skeptical as to its potential effectiveness.

Any guidance that could shine some light on this would help.


January 27, 2010 at 8:18am
A comment titled: hope this helps in response to a report titled: Keeping a pups attention during training

Will he be duck hunting only? Any hunt tests or field trials? It really just depends how much you want out of your dog for which program you should choose. You have until the dog is 6 month old to start with the stuff that really matters so you have a little time to make up your mind. If your relatively new to dog training, I suggest going to a bookstore and picking up the book "10 minute retriever". After reading that, you will get a much better idea of your expectations from your dog and, thus, how involved your training will be. If you just want a dog to go pick up ducks that he sees fall without chewing them up too much or dropping them, and be pretty obedient, this book can get you there. But, if you want a dog that can do multiple marks and blind retrieves, and pickup whatever, whenever for you, and never otherwise, probably Evan Grahams Smartworks system is the best. It costs around 300 bucks for the entire deal but it is the best money you will spend. Considering it costs at least 500 bucks a month to send your dog to a trainer, it a bargain. If you want to just go ahead and drop the money on grahams system, it includes a puppy program with drills to overcome some of your problems. Also, if you plan on force fetching just go ahead and buy the whole package.

I purchased mine from

Go to a forum website called Most of the guys on there are pros and are more than happy to answer any question you might have.

In the mean time, get the dog used to a leash (I'll bet you've got a "leash biter") and then, when he gets used to that get a longer rope so you can have control of him at all times. He'll eventually figure out that things are a lot easier if he just listens to you. Also, shoot a bird or get a duck wing and let your pup get used to retrieving it. Dont let him chew it up tho..

good luck

April 13, 2010 at 9:46pm
A comment titled: "rope" +1 in response to a report titled: retriever trouble

get a 30ft long piece of rope and never take it off of him while training.

April 13, 2010 at 8:51pm
A comment titled: dont worry about it in response to a report titled: Keeping a pups attention during training

The pups just being a pup...dont worry too much about it.

The first thing I would do if I were you is get rid of WaterDog and follow a program. Do not rely on any information from waterdog as a training has contributed to the underutilization of many capable retrievers... just look at the book like it like its a good story. If you want to spend some money, Evan Graham and Mike Lardy both have great programs that will give you all the confidence you need that you have the tools to get the job done. If you want to go cheaper, the book '10 minute retriever' is a really good book with a program to stick to. Its just so much more helpful to get lardy or graham's program that includes hours of videos covering each circumstance you may encounter.

Also, formal obedience shouldnt start until the pup's about 6months old so go easy on the choke chain for now. No popping or yelling just yet. Right now, all you want to do is establish a bond with your dog and make sure that he loves retrieving.

Another suggestion I can make from personal experience with a "rebel": Neuter him soon. If you dont, you will likely regret it.

Good luck

April 13, 2010 at 7:36pm
A comment titled: Patience...let em walk in response to a report titled: need more deer

Thats a tough one...I know..I was there 5 years ago.

We bought 500 acres and immediately planted it in trees w/ CRP. The people before us literally shot every thing that walked... I was so excited about it, I hunted almost every day. Seriously, there were 5 deer on our entire property. i pretty much named them b/c i saw the same ones every day.

Every year the hunting got better and the population practically doubled by year. Even if you have outside pressure on your adjoining land, the does will learn that your place is a "safe haven".

One decision we made that I think really increased our numbers was switching from metered, electronic feeders to huge gravity feeders. Although it can get quite expensive filling up 4 of these feeders, as we do, we have found that deer that are passing through find the corn and tend to stay in the area. Especially inbetween or post rut when the big boys are looking to gorge themselves...then they establish a territory etc...

Also, shoot coyotes

good luck

February 04, 2010 at 8:18am
A comment titled: Wait till april/may in response to a report titled: What to plant?

Some might say otherwise, but the general rule with planting in LA is to plant in April, if planting for spring/summer feeding. You can probably swing it as early as March, but I plant in April to be on the safe side. You probably have good soil, considering your location, so spend the time now testing the soil and getting the ph right, and also fertalizing if necessary.
If you plan on hunting it for the next few years, clover is always a good choice b/c it usually lasts 3-5 years, but a little pricey.
good luck

February 04, 2010 at 8:01am
A comment titled: not unusual in response to a report titled: Atchafalaya Delta buck lost antler before season was over

Along the miss river in north LA, and in another area I am accustomed to hunting in the central portion of the state, we begin to see bucks lose their antlers around mid to late january. Its not uncommon in a given year, on the last weekend of bow season, to see at least half of the bucks carry less than 2 beams.

February 02, 2010 at 6:41am
A comment titled: thanks.. in response to a report titled: CRP Food Plot

Thanks for all of your responses.

I do own the land but, since the entire tract is planted in trees (with the exception of roads and existing small food plots), we cannot manipulate the area planted in trees whatsoever.
The area we have adjoining the CRP is leased to farmers who will plant rice in april/may. I'm considering taking 2 or 3 acres of this farming lease area to save for planting food for deer. I'm trying to evaluate from a cost/benefit standpoint, whether or not I should go to all of this trouble... or just feed protien pellets.

thanks again

February 01, 2010 at 9:11am
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