New Mexico Elk

by Jason
(New Mexico)

I got a tag for the Urraca WMA just north of Taos for this October and wanted to know if anyone knows anything about that area as far as Elk hunting goes? I'm also new to big game hunting so any beginner tips would be appreciated.

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Looking to hunt in SE NM, Area 36 and 34

by James
(Kunsan AB Korea)

I have put in for two muzzle loader hunts in these areas. I am somewhat familiar with 34 but can someone give some good starting points for 36. Haven't been able to do much scouting due to being in Korea the last year. Looking for anyone's expertise.

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First Elk Hunt

by Big "R"
(NM)

Hi all,
I finally got drawn for a late elk hunt in Unit 28, north of Road 506 and south of the boundary line of the Lincoln National Forest (New Mexico). It is a Military access area, but a few civilians got tags to hunt in December this year. I was lucky enough to be one of them. My question is:
Has anyone ever hunted that area before, and what would be the best strategy and place to hunt?

I have an "either sex" tag, and I am really looking for the meat, not necessarily the mount. I also have knee and ankle problems, so walking a lot is not an option for me. Any suggestions would be well received and appreciated.
thanks in advance,

Big "R"

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New Mexico Unit 49

by Silas
(Los Alamos, NM)

I drew a tag for 2010 but got deployed to Iraq and missed 2010 and 2011. When I came home I put in, and for kicks, also put in for my 76 year-old father-in-law who is an avid hunter. As luck would have it, he drew and I didn't, so now I am trying to set him up with a good hunt. If anyone has tips on areas to start scouting, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

Silas D

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any info on unit 52 in NM? Hunting 1st rifle season.

Looking for suggestions for hunting 1st rifle season in NM unit 52. Have hunted San Antonio mt. Scouting reveals extreme dry conditions in central and south areas. Plan to scout NE. Need some help. Thanks!

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Elk Hunting New Mexico, Unit 15 (Lodging)

by Joel Hamm
(Quemado area, New Mexico)




We built two beautiful custom homes in the heart of Unit 15, New Mexico. We recently had two famous hunters that have their own hunting show on the Outdoor Channel stay at our place, Hamm's Hideaway. They were quoted saying "This is probably some of the best elk ground we have ever seen in our entire lives" They went on to say this is one of the best areas to hunt Elk in all of North America. Not too many people know about this area and our lodge (Hamm's Hideaway) because it is so remote. We have not figured out how to market our place yet, that is the reason why it is unit 15's best kept secret. If you want more information go online to Hammshideaway.com. or Call Joel at 412-916-6104.

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New Mexico 1st elk hunt

by Travis
(wisconsin)

My 6x5

My 6x5

My 6x5
Brother's, Father's, and my elk
180 grains Barnes

Hey Dave,

I just wanted to say thank you for your site, and helpful emails! I got several useful tips from you, and your site. I also got to put the smack down on my first elk, a beautiful New Mexico 300 class bull, unit 34 outfitter tags. The hunt was on all public land in the Lincoln National Forest. I would like to say thank you to Justin Medina owner of NM Arrowhead Outfitters for setting my father, brother and myself up with outstanding guides.

I used the Ted Nugent ammo with 180gr Barnes triple shock full coppers up front in a 300 WM, The bull dropped in his tracks at about 100 yards. The best part, my father and brother also filled their tags, all 300 class bulls. First time elk hunt for all three of us.

I also would like to say Justin had seven rifle hunters in camp and was 100% for 2013 rifle season. I am already planning my return trip, hopefully archery next time.

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