I'm not terribly familar with NM but that baca ranch I've heard is supposed to be some of the best country in NM. And like chromito notes (on ebay), it hasn't been hunted because of its recent transition to a national/state (can't remember) park...
I live in New Mexico, and the Baca hunting ranch has the biggest elk in the world. They have such strick hunting rules that the elk have a chance to get huge before they are harvested by hunters. I have heard a couple of my friends say that people have been willing to pay 25,000 for a tag. You should have much trouble finding somebody to pay that price. They have an awesome lodge with fishing, and turkey hunting to go along with the elk. The mule deer, and the antelope there are massive also.
Welcome Coonelkhunter, haven't seen you around before.
I thought the reason the baca ranch was so sought after was because it had not been hunted for several years before it became public land? Correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't know a lot about the area.
Now that it is in public control are they going to be keeping permits low?
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...