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    Thats too bad but one of those things I'll just have to deal with. Hopefully I can locate a good out of the way spot. Does anyone know about how the wilderness areas (Apache Kid and Withington) are, I will be on foot but if I can get away from the hunting pressure there I'm willing to work harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jruet19 View Post
    Thats too bad but one of those things I'll just have to deal with. Hopefully I can locate a good out of the way spot. Does anyone know about how the wilderness areas (Apache Kid and Withington) are, I will be on foot but if I can get away from the hunting pressure there I'm willing to work harder.
    Let me tell you, that is some STEEP country! Up and down, up and down non stop. I'm sure that there are some trophy bulls in there because of how rugged the country is but if you want to hunt deep in there be sure to be in good shape. Several years back (2008) the NM governnor's tag holder took a bull in the Apache Kid that went over 400". They are in there but you will have to work your butt off. Some parts are even too steep for horses, good luck.

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    I did not notice a huge problem with pressure the times I was there. Yes, there where hunters out and some of the water holes had people set up on them. Did not have a problem getting away from the people and getting into Elk. I really enjoy hunting NM, the people there are great and the Elk are incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don K View Post
    I did not notice a huge problem with pressure the times I was there. Yes, there where hunters out and some of the water holes had people set up on them. Did not have a problem getting away from the people and getting into Elk. I really enjoy hunting NM, the people there are great and the Elk are incredible.
    Probably for a guy from Illinois there didnt seem like there was a lot of pressure because your used to seeing more people than I am. haha You are right though, the people in NM are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and if you know where to go the elk are fantastic.

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    I hope to find one of those places that has the fantastic elk. There were only 75 tags for the public land on that first hunt and it is a pretty big area. I've been looking at several different maps and google earth plus I have an SD card for my GPS that covers the whole state in pretty good detail. Will be going down there this week for a few days to check things out, I know that the elk will likely be in different places by the time my hunt comes around but I will have sometime in mid August to do some more scouting.

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    Good luck jruet19! Its good your going to get down there to do a preliminary scout, checking out access points and finding some water holes. With only 75 tags, you should have a great chance and a very high quality bull. Sounds like you are willing to work, so getting away from folks will not be that difficult.

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    Probably for a guy from Illinois there didnt seem like there was a lot of pressure because your used to seeing more people than I am.
    Yep, you sure got that right!!!

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    Just got back from a pre-pre scouting trip. Saw a ton of turkeys, just a week after the spring turkey hunt. Saw a few elk on private land and found some nice deer sheds off of forest road 478.

 

 

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