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New Mexico Elk

A couple of us want to do a DIY elk archery hunt in NM, preferably have a decent chance at a 300+ bull.

I've been looking at the game and fish website, but it's kind of weird to navigate.  Not looking for a specific honey hole, we're pretty experienced elk hunters.  Can anybody steer me in the right direction?  We've all heard about the "Gila Monsters" in the Gila National Forest.

How many years does it take to draw a tag?  Is it set up like Colorado? (one point earned per year put in?).

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no preference points

It's a completely random draw.  There are no preference points.  So you may draw in your first year of applying (like my buddy did last year)  or you may never draw.  If you're looking for which units are in the Gila National Forest, it's mostly the 16 series units.

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And not to mention, the tags

And not to mention, the tags might become alot harder to get in the near future.

Look in the blog section about the proposed legislation and the desire to cut way down on non-resident tags.

I would love to hunt the Gila, but it appears that it may become more of a dream than a reality.

Good luck if you do try for it!

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It's an awesome area if you

It's an awesome area if you draw a tag.  I was just down there the end of October on the south end of the Wilderness on a muzzleloader mulie hunt and the country is breathtaking.  The last time I was there was a fishing trip one weekend when I was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas back in the late 60s.  I always wanted to go back there and finally made it back 40 years later!

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Thanks for the info guys. 

Thanks for the info guys.  We'll be putting in next year (this year is all booked up).

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You can pick up landowner

You can pick up landowner tags for this year although they won't be for the Gila. Nonetheless you could still get a crack at a 300+ bull with an LO tag.

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Do your homework.

Pockets of private land and/or ranches can impede the best plan.  Have at least 75% knowldedge of your 1st and 2nd choice draw units.  New Mexico just implemented last year a requirement for ATV tags when being used on forest roads.  Research and understand exactly what you can do on the ATV's for scouting and hunting if you plan on using one.

The last few Septembers have been very warm and dry and it has rolled over into Octobers weather as well.  Know your elevation and projected temps in the area you pick.  If the Bulls are not bugling, you will live or die in the High Desert areas by knowing where the active water holes and wind mill wells are.  Good Luck.  New Mexico is awesome and any tag is a great tag.

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Thank you for the replies. 

Thank you for the replies.  We're just trying to get out of our comfort zone and do something different (Africa would be my #1 choice though:D ).  It may end up being the same experience we get in CO, just a longer drive to get there.

With work and a wife to spend time with, several multi-day scouting trips to another state next summer are probably off.  We will most likely pray for a tag and do a drop camp or semi-guided type deal.

Or I could win the powerball, start my own "outfitting" business, and write off all of my traveling and hunting expenses:thumbsup1:

 

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I am very biased to New Mexico.

I've hunted Elk in a lot of states/provinces and have a great property in Arizona.  Even without a bonus point system, New Mexico is worth the gamble.  If you want Mountains, hunt the north or the San Mateos.  If you want High Desert, hunt the plains and continental divide.  If you want thick brash country, hunt North, South, East and West of Reserve.  No ifs, ands, or buts, New Mexico Public Hunting is PUBLIC HUNTING.  The guy who can find time to scout, find water and get away from the pressure will get a great bull.  Depending on your budget, a couple of Labor Day Weekend small plane flights at dusk and dawn will be worth every penny.

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