All, just found this forum and wondering if anyone could tell me about Unit 15B in NEW MEXICO. I bought a PRIVATE Land Owner tag for Archery in this unit and I know nothing about the unit. The tag can be used unit wide.
I am from New Mexico. Unit 51 is in the Carson National Forest. I have never been hunting there but know that it is loaded with big elk. My friends that have gone all used horseback. This is going to be a new experience if you have never seen rough country. You may want to visit the nm game and fish dept and see if they will allow fourwheelers in the forest. You are going to have one tough time packing an elk out alone. There are some really long shots so pack nothing lighter than a .270. I would recommend a flat shooter like a .264 or 300 mag. Have a great trip!
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...