Evidently I can't read very well...I mentioned unit 16 and that's what you were asking about...brain dead at that moment, I guess...anyway...see below...I believe some hunt numbers changed this year...there are a few that certainly don't match the draw odds from last year anyway...
Draw Licenses, Seasons for Any Legal Sporting Arm continued
Hunt Area Hunt Dates Hunt Code Fee Type Licenses Bag Limit
16A Mobility-Impaired Only Oct. 10-14 ELK-1-249 Q/HD 25 MB
16A Oct. 17-21 ELK-1-250 Q/HD 75 MB
16A Oct. 24-28 ELK-1-251 S 125 MB
16A Dec. 5-9 ELK-1-252 S 150 A
16B/22 (both units) Oct. 17-21 ELK-1-257 Q/HD 160 MB
16B/22 (both units) Oct. 24-28 ELK-1-258 HD 160 MB
16C Youth Only Oct. 10-14 ELK-1-263 S 25 ES
16C Oct. 17-21 ELK-1-264 Q/HD 50 MB
16C Oct. 24-28 ELK-1-265 S 96 MB
16C Dec. 5-9 ELK-1-266 S 100 A
16D Mobility-Impaired Only Oct. 10-14 ELK-1-271 Q/HD 25 MB
16D Oct. 17-21 ELK-1-272 Q/HD 53 MB
16D Oct. 24-28 ELK-1-273 S 50 MB
16D Dec. 5-9 ELK-1-274 S 100 A
16E Youth Only Oct. 10-14 ELK-1-279 S 25 ES
16E Oct. 24-28 ELK-1-281 S 71 MB
16E Dec. 5-9 ELK-1-282 S 75 A
16E Dec. 12-16 ELK-1-283 S 75 A
The Q/HD stands for quality/high demand hunts. The MB stands for mature bull. These are usually the better hunts cause the bulls are more into the rut. The draw back is there is high demand for these hunts and are harder to get drawn for. Try looking at unit 15 also for a good hunt.
15 is a archery and MZ hunt unit as several are in NM. NMG&F has all info online, but numbers of unit applied for change every year hence the difficulty in figureing odds and such out. I write the odds and unit number down then look up the same for this year....16c 1st rifle date....the hunt dates change also every year. As stated the Q/HD hunts get more apps. than the S or standard hunts,that is what determines it. How many non-residents are applying for a hunt. A hunt I drew last year as a S/MB unit and had drawn easily is going to be a tough draw this year,it went to a HD class. Oh thanks for reminding me I have to get my points in for UT.
You may want to check out unit 10 as well...not quite as popular and not as many elk as the gila, but I've guided private land that borders the public areas and I've seen quite a few 330+ bulls. Typically they are still rutting pretty good and are bugling during the early october blackpowder hunt.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...