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    NM Unit 17 Elk

    Hi, I'm pretty new to this site but have found some great info on it. I was drawn for elk either sex archery early september. I have hiked the apache kid wilderness a few years back and ran into a young spike but haven't been back since. My tag is public land but thats the way I like it. I have only been hunting two times before and although they were both lots of fun I didn't get anything. Any advice on this unit would be a great help so would any pointers you veteran hunters might want send my way.
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    Unit 17 is one of the top trophy units (huge bulls!!) in New Mexico, but success is low. My understanding is that it is a tough hunt even for a seasoned elk hunter.
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    I've heard that too. As far as being in shape for physical aspect I'm good. I work out regularly, run, and go backpacking all the time. As for this unit I hear that it is tough both physically and can be difficult to locate elk. I plan on spending a three or four weekends down there this summer and will be heading down for my hunt a few days early. Don't know much about how the hunting pressure is and I know the weather can be a huge factor in were the elk are. It's normally pretty warm that time of year.

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    I'd do some work on Google Earth and look for some potential watering sites off the beaten path.
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    Umpqua, I'll check that out. Good place to get an idea of whats out there.

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    Couple of 17 bulls my bro and I got last year...It is a tricky unit to hunt but there are some good bulls.


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    Thats the kind of motivation I like. Nice bulls. jay I think I saw some of your pics from another unit 17 thread.

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    Been in that unit three times. The Elk move, you need to find them. Look in places you would not think they would be, and dont rely on water if it rains that will be out the window. Success rate are low, but its a great place to hunt

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    Interesting that they aren't places you'd expect. Guess thats why they are bigger there. Don K do you know how tough the hunting pressure is? I have the first hunt of the year.

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    There's a ton of hunting pressure, guys driving all over the place with atv's and there's a blind at practically every water hole...unless you know where the backcountry ones are

 

 

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