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    Quote Originally Posted by 1seth View Post
    This is my first time applying in new mexico and would appreciate any opinions of my hunt selections. I only have 10 days this year to hunt out west and trying to have as many tags in my pocket as possible. Putting in the same units because dont want the possbility of drawing a muledeer tag and an elk tag hundreds of miles apart. Just wanted to know if you guys think i should concentrate on one species or is this a good plan. My ultimate goal is to hunt I am not a Trophy Hunter. I guess what I am worried about is only having one choice for mule deer, I know the odds for elk in the gila are tough I have read the NM Divisions Draw Reports.
    Mule Deer: 1st choice/ is going to be unit 16 Archery only
    No second or third choice.

    Elk: 1st choice/ 3rd archery season Unit 16b
    2nd choice/2nd archery season unit 16b
    3rd choice/ 1st archery season unit 16b
    I don't know if your aware of this but 16b is all wilderness...meaning you can only go in on foot or horseback. Great unit for Elk, seen some deer. If that's the kind of hunter you are then it will work. If not 16a & d are good also and more accessable.

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    Yes, we will be backpacking in. Would have a packer lined up if we were fortunate enough to get a bull. Thanks for all your replies, We decided that we are just going to focus on a good elk unit 2nd 3rd week and if we get drawn great, if not well that sucks.

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    Good luck on the draw, if you do draw you shouldn't be dissappointed.

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    Be careful, a lot of 16B got burned up in the massive fire we had last summer.

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    I've hunted 16b/22 , it's a several times. Most recently about 4 or 5 years ago. It's basically all wilderness with good elk numbers and some really big bulls. We always went in far far FAR to get away from anyone, and always found lots of fun active bugling bulls running around. They really respond well to bugles and I called in quite a few bulls, and a few nice ones. I think the fire will help the area now, as it was pretty thick where we always went, and maybe that'll thin it out and get some yummy grass for the elk. I also hunted 16A several times and it was SICK! Sometimes seeing hundreds of elk a day! 16A you can literally park your truck, camp and hunt. Pure luxury! 16B/22 is a lot of work. The odds are really crappy in all the good units now for unguided non-res. I always apply out there just in case. For some reason NM elk taste better too... no kidding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elk_n_esox View Post
    For some reason NM elk taste better too... no kidding!

    Its cause they are brought up on tortillas and green chile!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
    Its cause they are brought up on tortillas and green chile!!! LOL
    What is it with you NM guys and your green chile? Lol

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    Well ended up putting in for 16B, 34, 52. all first season archery just to increase my odds a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
    Its cause they are brought up on tortillas and green chile!!! LOL
    Amen jay! Tortillas and Green chile are the best!

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    hey favre let us know if u draw! No NM for me this year because WY will be getting my full attention. (And my wife says 1 western hunt per year til my kid grows up a bit). Good luck

 

 

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