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NM Units 34 or 36???

I will not be able to travel north to hunt elk this year so it'll have to be either unit 34 or 36.

Any comments on these units? Where will I see more bulls?? Should I try the bow hunt or the rifle hunts???

Any info will be appretiated. Thanks Big smile

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

I just finished the density and trophy potential estimates on those yesterday. 36 is a much better option, about 50% more elk per square mile and they kill a much lower % of bulls. Hunter densities are miniscule and nearly identical.

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

36

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

Ive hunted both units twice in the past 6 years. 34 you will see more bulls but not as many big ones, the problem with that is every where you go there is a road that someone can bust a hunt for you. 36 is more of a wilderness hunt so you will have to do a lot of walking or horse back, that is what I use to get on top where I found the big bulls.
I did not kill one in 36 but IMO it is the better hunt. In 34 I have killed a rifle november cow and a ML 5x5.
The best advice I can give is apply, draw, and have the time of your Life. Good luck. Thumbs up

james

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

Thank you all for the replies.

On my application, two of my choices will be on unit 36 and one in 34.

I just wish that I can get lucky enough to draw a tag on either one. Big smile

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

The only thing I will add is 36 is some gorgeous country! Good luck!

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

Thats a great strategy, I put in 1st ml 36, 2ed ml 34, 3ed 34 rifle cow, in my mind that gives me the best odds.
Good luck!!!

james

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Re: NM Units 34 or 36???

Muzzleloader would be nice for me but I'm out of state so it'll cost me more. Thanks for all the good advise.