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Title: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: BrenttH on April 18, 2019, 09:29:07 AM
Hows it going everyone, Iíve read the forums for a while but never registered. Well that ended last night lol. Iím looking for some feedback from anyone whoís been around or hunted in Unit 9 in New Mexico. Myself and my buddy were lucky enough to draw a tag for NM elk 1st season. We drew unit 9 which was our 3rd choice, ive done research via gohunt for this unit when we were putting in hoping that it we would draw our 1st or 2nd choice but here we sit LOL. Anyways gohunt definitely doesn't have much nice to say about the unit lol as well as some other sites thats ive been researching today. If anyone on here has hunted this unit and would like to give any feedback on their experience in the unit id appreciate it.
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Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: DTP on April 18, 2019, 10:51:41 AM
Welcome to the site and congrats on the tag!

Unfortunately I dont have any information for you, but I am just familair with how difficult the hunt will be.

My only recommendation is to just keep a positive attitude. This could be one of those hunts where you go through 95% of it and not see an elk, then in the last couple hours of the hunt get a shot!

 
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: BrenttH on April 18, 2019, 11:03:35 AM
Welcome to the site and congrats on the tag!

Unfortunately I dont have any information for you, but I am just familair with how difficult the hunt will be.

My only recommendation is to just keep a positive attitude. This could be one of those hunts where you go through 95% of it and not see an elk, then in the last couple hours of the hunt get a shot!




That is a fact! We wonít just sit in one area and wait for imaginary elk to show up, we plan on using as much of the unit as possible for the 8-10 days weíll be there!


Thank you for the welcome!
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: 82ndreddevil on April 19, 2019, 07:01:43 AM
I got a few friends that hunted there last year. Though few and far between, there were opportunities to kill an elk. Donít get discouraged about what you see on other websites, being tenacious and staying after it is the best way to create luck. Iím out of town for today but Iíll reach out and see if I can find you a starting point for your scouting. Also, not sure what your budget is but my buddies saw a few bears too, they will be in season too 👍
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: sjl2012 on April 19, 2019, 10:57:42 AM
With the early season and a reduced number of tags you should have a better chance than recent years.
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: BrenttH on April 19, 2019, 11:35:36 AM
I got a few friends that hunted there last year. Though few and far between, there were opportunities to kill an elk. Donít get discouraged about what you see on other websites, being tenacious and staying after it is the best way to create luck. Iím out of town for today but Iíll reach out and see if I can find you a starting point for your scouting. Also, not sure what your budget is but my buddies saw a few bears too, they will be in season too 👍


Great to hear! We plan on getting a turkey tag and bear tag as well, weíre there for elk but it would be foolish to pass up on opportunities like that. Thank you for the feedback, weíre driving from California so we plan on putting as much effort in as possible on the 8-10 days weíll be there. We were averaging 30+ miles a weekend during deer season so hopefully that same mindset will push us through to success!
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: Gila on April 21, 2019, 01:58:42 PM
I have only lived here in NM for two years. Have not hunted there but been there a few times. I know it burns alot up there. Can you get on Water canyon? I think only residents can hunt WMAs but not sure about non-residents being able to elk hunt hunt water canyon. I believe most of the elk are on private land up there. OnX hunt does a good job of mapping access in NM. I'm thinking that water canyon will probably have 100 hunters there on opening day. One strategy I would think about is where will those pressured elk go. Just some food for thought. I am a newbie elk hunter that just came on here to figure things out. I was drawn for a limited entry tag- any legal, one hunt 5 days in early october and the elk in that area have never been hunted before. 10 tags, one time one hunt only.  Public land, no private or outfitters. I am really stoked!
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: DTP on April 21, 2019, 02:16:02 PM
I have only lived here in NM for two years. Have not hunted there but been there a few times. I know it burns alot up there. Can you get on Water canyon? I think only residents can hunt WMAs but not sure about non-residents being able to elk hunt hunt water canyon. I believe most of the elk are on private land up there. OnX hunt does a good job of mapping access in NM. I'm thinking that water canyon will probably have 100 hunters there on opening day. One strategy I would think about is where will those pressured elk go. Just some food for thought. I am a newbie elk hunter that just came on here to figure things out. I was drawn for a limited entry tag- any legal, one hunt 5 days in early october and the elk in that area have never been hunted before. 10 tags, one time one hunt only.  Public land, no private or outfitters. I am really stoked!




Good luck on your hunt!
New Mexico is where I cut my teeth in elk hunting too and thatís when the addiction started
Title: Re: Intro and looking for some feedback on New Mexico
Post by: Gila on April 21, 2019, 06:10:14 PM
I took a closer look at the map and Water Canyon WMA is surounded by tribal land....not good! Sounds like you guys have the tenacity and capability to go the distance and git `er done. Good luck to ya.