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NM Unit 45 for Elk

Yeah I dont plan on staying in any of the campgrounds either. I'll put up a post after I get back as well let you know what I see, if anything, this next week

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So, how was it? Did you travel any of the Forest Service roads? Was it pretty wet up there?

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I ended up hiking in at cowles and I didnt end up seeing any elk, I was a little to high in elevation. saw plenty of mule deer and half a dozen big horn sheep at about 7yards. talked to a couple locals and they said they saw 8 cows and 2 bulls the day before we saw them down by the river near holy ghost. another local told me there are more elk than deer. one local said the pecos falls was a good place to check, in that area bc a lot of elk have been killed on that mountain. I think I am gunna stay at iron gate and go out of there just hike in. we didnt use any forest service roads I wasnt sure of the access points for them and didnt have an atv with me anyway. let me kno how your scouting goes and where you think you'll be heading out of. I also have a deer tag so let me know if you see any smoker mule deer

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Thats weird cause thats where the fish cop said they were. Up on top. Thats where I'm headed. I'm goin for a scout in a couple weeks. The weekend before the hunt starts. I have a cousin who has somebody who knows the area I'll be hunting. He's been feeding me info the last couple of days when he found out what unit I was hunting. He called em herds up there. They were checking out the Forest Service map and he just came by and I was verifying that they knew the area with my map. I got my ATV trailer in last week to carry all my gear. Taking the tree stand along w/ the usual essentials. Hard to believe the hunt starts in a little more than 2 weeks. I'm goin the last full week. Tryin to time it just right instead of being the first in there. With the 3-day holiday ending on the 7th, we're expecting there to be a lot of traffic that first week at least. I hope you understand why I don't want to give up the exact area I'll be hunting just yet. Thats great you got a just to see the area you'll be camping at. I'm anxious to do the same. Having set aside 9 days of hunting I'm having some pretty high expectations of seeing elk. Yes

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Guys, check out Hamilton Mesa,You can hike in and let the packers push them back to you.It is a great area for elk,also check out north of Elk Mtn. to go high.But I'd be on Hamilton if I hadn't drawn 6a....Good lock and good hunting! Say Hi to Phil Howe the local warden,great guy. He just won warden of year and is good source of info on the herds.

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NM Unit 45 for Elk
henry wilkins wrote:
Guys, check out Hamilton Mesa,You can hike in and let the packers push them back to you.It is a great area for elk,also check out north of Elk Mtn. to go high.But I'd be on Hamilton if I hadn't drawn 6a....Good lock and good hunting! Say Hi to Phil Howe the local warden,great guy. He just won warden of year and is good source of info on the herds.

Damn, I guess its no secret. Thats where I'm headed, Elk Mtn. That trail 251 looks to have access to some good areas. I was thinking of camping somewhere near the trailhead to the Wilderness. I see where you talking about Hamilton Mesa. It was a friend who had talked to the local Warden there trying to find out where they were at. I'm trying to get him to go help with his expert calling. I hope you don't mind my fish cop remarks. No disrespect is meant. I don't really know their exact ranking in law enforcement. Just more good info to digest here on the area I'm lookin at. Yes

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Just remember Elk Mtn and Spring Mtn are 11k+, and when you get in ,get off trail and go in further.No diss. taken.If you have a problem or IF you bag one he's THE MAN.

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Forest Service Maps
Tankhead wrote:
I just got the Forest Service map of the Santa Fe National Forest which includes the Pecos Wilderness and a map of just the wilderness with all the trails. Nice.

Congrats on your draw. I'll also be hunting the Santa Fe but I'm having trouble figuring out which map to order. When Iooked at the web site it named areas very differently than I would expect. Any suggestions on how to find the correct map for the correct area??? I have a new Garmin GPS and it's chipped for NM but I never depend on one thing...especially when that thing is electronic.

All the Best,

Cary

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Re: Forest Service Maps
caryhey wrote:
Tankhead wrote:
I just got the Forest Service map of the Santa Fe National Forest which includes the Pecos Wilderness and a map of just the wilderness with all the trails. Nice.

Congrats on your draw. I'll also be hunting the Santa Fe but I'm having trouble figuring out which map to order. When Iooked at the web site it named areas very differently than I would expect. Any suggestions on how to find the correct map for the correct area??? I have a new Garmin GPS and it's chipped for NM but I never depend on one thing...especially when that thing is electronic.

All the Best,

Cary

Try this link. http://plicmapcenter.org/view.php?st=NM&ag=FS&typ=Counties&mcid=santafe-nf. Or this one http://plicmapcenter.org/view.php?st=NM&ag=FS&typ=Counties and then select Santa Fe National Forest in the drop down menu. The Forest Service map does not have the elevation changes. But a quality map. The Pecos Wilderness map has elevation changes w/ the countour interval at 100 feet. When the maps come up get the first 2. "Map: Santa Fe National Forest" and "Map: Pecos Wilderness". All the best to you and yours.

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NM Unit 45 for Elk
henry wilkins wrote:
Just remember Elk Mtn and Spring Mtn are 11k+, and when you get in ,get off trail and go in further.No diss. taken.If you have a problem or IF you bag one he's THE MAN.

I'm trying to do my best to prepare for the elements at that elevation. Never camped that high of an altitude. If you could pick a few essentials that are needed at that elevation what would they be?

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