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Coin and Relic Forum Rules

First off let me welcome you to the Nugget-Shooter Coin and relic Forum,

There are just a few rules here and yup I do enforce them and keep an eye on things as best I can. Here are a few guidelines I'd like you to follow if you will be participating here.

Vulgar and abusive language is not welcome here! Heck a cuss word to get a point across is not so bad, but I think you know what I mean.

I will not host public arguments and pissing matches between individuals here so please just don't do it. When it happens the post most times will simply vanish into cyber space.

Political posts are not permitted here and surly you can find other forums that host those discussions, I don't think anyone cares if you are Conservative or Liberal when we are out hunting gold nuggets.

You may not use this forum to advertise any other dealer, store, or product without written permission by owner at any time. Used items are allowed in the classified section.

This forum is not responsible for anything said by it's members at any time. This is a public forum and will remain so and although I can and will occasionally zap "bad content" I don't do it often and so far have never banned a person. Also opinions expressed here do not always represent the opinion of the forum's owner!

Guests are welcome to browse the forum and use the information provided by registered members, but you can not post yourself until you are a registered member.

That is pretty much it my fellow Nugget Shooters so enjoy the forum, keep it about metal detecting for coin and relic related subjects, and play nice.

Bill Southern


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    • They will hang in a grove of trees if it is surrounded by open range.  They like it knee high or shorter.  The herds start moving about the time you can see them in 6x binoculars. The loners will let you get a lot closer. Still a 200 yard shot is probably the average. You could hunt them in the Bosque if it was dry. But no fool is going to hunt an animal like that in woods and standing water. You might sneak up on a swamp Oryx in your kayak and land that rascal using a Carolina rig! I have been over on the other side of the river on that road several times. There is opal over there and pet wood. The WSMR border is right there only a few hundred yards to the east and the river is closer than that. The mesa breaks off into the valley quick. There are lots of petroglyphs on red rock. And the railroad spur they built to haul the atomic bomb to Trinity Site is right there.  There are two graveyards and a couple good bottle dumps right off the road. I think you can go about 7-8 miles down through that strip to the end of the road.  It is right on the edge of oryx heaven. Stallion range control and Trinity Site is just over the ridge 20 miles. After Abel shot his Oryx near Stallion I went there figuring it is the closest spot to the big herds. I never saw an animal nor a track. I did get some broken glass and a pile of devil claws though. There are lots of Oryx on the USDA ranch on the Jornada. You must get permission to hunt but the ranch manager has that discretion. It does not need the approval of the cabinet secretary.  Abel and I drew an off site tag and hunted out there a few years back. No luck. Saw a few at distance and mounted a couple hunts. Didn't get a shot. Out there on the Jornada north of Grapevine canyon and behind the Spaceport is thick with them. They stay close to that range fence and will run over on WSMR if you get within a mile.  Same with down by Upham. Their tracks and poop are thick. The arroyos under the fence are deep ruts from their hooves. As soon as you see a herd out there they are already moving toward that fence.  You can drive 75 miles a day out there trying to locate a herd and get a hunter between them and WSMR property. Then a hunter can do 3-4 miles just trying to position themselves for a shot. Most guys that hunt them shoot a loner close to the road. That kind of hunting does little to control numbers because I don't think those animals are breeders. The herd animals are DIFFICULT. You really have to have some hunting skills, some good legs and a thick pair of kneepads. And when you get that done you need to make a 200 yard shot in knee high grass at a target a couple hundred yards away. It's a pretty tall order.  On the WSMR hunts there are a couple hundred hunters that all check in at the same time each morning and go charging down roads on the missile range. Lots of hunter pressure and animals are running around everywhere. There is a 99% kill rate. If you can't get a herd animal in the first couple days of the hunt you shoot a loner standing there staring at you from 50 yards. The off site hunts are much different. There are just a few tags issued each month and the hunt area is so big you hardly ever see another hunter. The animals are under zero pressure and are surrounded by safe zones. They are super smart in those herds. Lots of eyes and ears. I haven't seen any herds outside of the Jornada and Tularosa basins ever. I saw five in the Dona Ana's one day. Three another. But that is still in the Jornada basin. Other than that they have been solitary animals.
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