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New Mexico Unit 52 - Are you familiar with unit?

We have hunted AZ the past 5 years but since we didnt draw we put in and were drawn for the Sept 16-22 archery hunt un Unit 52 New Mexico. Having never hunted this State before, and unable to scout more than a day before since we are travelling out from Mississippi, can anyone give me some info to get started?

We are camping in tents, and bringing ATV's (although I understand there is little or no off roading in this unit).

Thanks!

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New Mexico Unit 52 - Are you familiar with unit?

Hey I hunt there all the time!!! I have a hunt there for antlope in August!!! Last year and the year before my son and I both filled our tags each hunt with nice bulls!!! Will gladly take you guys out??? Call me!!! I have pics!!

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New Mexico Unit 52 - Are you familiar with unit?

Thats great, and thank you! I will call you this afternoon!

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NM unit 52

Cruces Basin wilderness area. This unit isn't known for quality bulls but it sure has quantity. Tough packing once you get one down...the basin is STEEPLY downhill and bringing meat out is a hike. Lots of average bulls, though. We hired a packer last year as we had two bulls down in the basin the same day and didn't want to risk warm weather spoilage. Good luck!

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As far as camping be prepared

As far as camping be prepared for cold nights. Probably 10-30 degrees at night and 40-75 during the day.  One time we left camp in the morning to a brisk cool morning and it started raining at 12.  When we got back to camp it was 9pm and freezing rain and snow had rendered our whole camp useless.  Tent collapsed and all our clothing on the lines were popsickles lol.  After shivering all night woke up to a blanket of snow.

I have found that scouting for an elk hunt is very dynamic.  You cant predict hunting pressure, weather, cows in estrus and the general attitude of a bull elk ready to do what it was born to do.  It does help alot to know the lay of the land but that takes alot of blisters.

As far as hunting it should be awesome.  The moon will be perfect toward the end of the hunt and youll have alot of day time activity.  Each day the rut gets a little more intense.  Be patient and try not to blow the elk out but dont go back to camp in the middle of the day.  And if it does rain the elk will come alive no matter what time it is. 

That unit is great because you can get into elk anywhere but obviously the farther you get in the more natural the herd dynamic will be.  Just be in the woods well before daylight and hunt hard and you will be rewarded.  As far as quality I would expect a 300-315 bull is not out of reach.  There are bigger but very few. 

also be vigilant of private property and the unit boundary on the West.

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