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#6849679 - 08/08/17 03:09 PM New Mexico unit 45 Elk
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I drew an elk tag in unit 45 in New Mexico for the first rifle hunt October 14-18. I am unable to go there any before that to do any scouting although I plan to get there on the 12th so I can familiarize myself with the country and get a lay of the land. I am going alone and taking two mules with me. If any of y'all have hunted
this area and have any advice please don't be bashful. Thanks in advance!

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#6851910 - 08/10/17 01:34 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Whats 45 near?

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#6851994 - 08/10/17 02:51 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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I hope you have a lot of experience with mules.
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#6851997 - 08/10/17 02:56 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Sounds like quite the adventure. Stay warm, try to have a good time, and take each day as it comes.
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#6852022 - 08/10/17 03:18 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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That is right in my backyard. Take 63 north out of Pecos to forest road 223. Then right on 223 and go ALL the way to Iron Gate campground. This is the staging area for going into the Pecos wilderness. Get your mules ready there then go north on Hamilton mesa. Lots of good vantage points to glass and hopefully the bulls will still be bugling. Be sure and take a 22 or even a pellet rifle as there are lots of grouse on Hamilton. Be prepared for any kind of weather, but usually very nice in the high country in October. 1 more thing 223 is ROUGH so take your time, nothing worse to ruin your trip than a broken trailer axle. Not that I would know. bang


Edited by NMGW (08/10/17 03:20 PM)
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#6852027 - 08/10/17 03:24 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Yelp hunt the wilderness.

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#6852047 - 08/10/17 03:45 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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NMGW thanks for all that I appreciate it!

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#6852095 - 08/10/17 04:42 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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congrats on drawing the tag! I wasn't as lucky. You packing in? or riding in and out each day and camping close to the trailhead ?

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#6852096 - 08/10/17 04:42 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
NMGW thanks for all that I appreciate it!


Dude, there's your guide to invite!! grin I'd take steak and whatever he likes to drink at camp

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#6852100 - 08/10/17 04:47 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
NMGW thanks for all that I appreciate it!


Dude, there's your guide to invite!! grin I'd take steak and whatever he likes to drink at camp

Oh, Welcome to THF
This above and welcome


Edited by Stub (08/10/17 04:47 PM)
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#6852299 - 08/10/17 07:29 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Western]
NMGW Offline
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
NMGW thanks for all that I appreciate it!


Dude, there's your guide to invite!! grin I'd take steak and whatever he likes to drink at camp

Oh, Welcome to THF


Sounds like fun but I will spending my time trying to fill my own tags. Off range Oryx and Mule Deer. rifle
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#6852321 - 08/10/17 07:49 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
Ryan Weatherston Offline
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Nitro27 I am planning on packing in and staying out until I hopefully get a bull or the 18th rolls around.
Thank y'all for the welcome.
I am picking up the mules this weekend and am going to start riding them and will take them out over night a time or two to get familiar with them. These are my friends mules originally out of New Mexico. I am very confident in my hunting ability and camping skills. I have been riding horses my whole life so I feel like once the mules get used to me I should ok there too. I am nervous about the country though. I've never been in the mountains unless you can count the hill country lol , but I have been running and working out to try to prepare.

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#6852348 - 08/10/17 08:16 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
Nitro27 I am planning on packing in and staying out until I hopefully get a bull or the 18th rolls around.
Thank y'all for the welcome.
I am picking up the mules this weekend and am going to start riding them and will take them out over night a time or two to get familiar with them. These are my friends mules originally out of New Mexico. I am very confident in my hunting ability and camping skills. I have been riding horses my whole life so I feel like once the mules get used to me I should ok there too. I am nervous about the country though. I've never been in the mountains unless you can count the hill country lol , but I have been running and working out to try to prepare.


That's the right way to do it. One thing people always underestimate is adjusting to the altitude, if you can give yourself a few more days before the hunt starts you will be glad you did. If you are young and in shape you will adjust faster. You will be hunting at around 10,000 feet. Here is a link to Iron Gate details.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/santafe/recarea/?recid=75902


Edited by NMGW (08/10/17 08:16 PM)
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#6852352 - 08/10/17 08:19 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: Ryan Weatherston]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
Nitro27 I am planning on packing in and staying out until I hopefully get a bull or the 18th rolls around.
Thank y'all for the welcome.
I am picking up the mules this weekend and am going to start riding them and will take them out over night a time or two to get familiar with them. These are my friends mules originally out of New Mexico. I am very confident in my hunting ability and camping skills. I have been riding horses my whole life so I feel like once the mules get used to me I should ok there too. I am nervous about the country though. I've never been in the mountains unless you can count the hill country lol , but I have been running and working out to try to prepare.


The whole unit has elk not just the wildness. Nastier the country better the elk hunting, wether it's 1 mile off road or 12.

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#6852363 - 08/10/17 08:31 PM Re: New Mexico unit 45 Elk [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Ryan Weatherston
Nitro27 I am planning on packing in and staying out until I hopefully get a bull or the 18th rolls around.
Thank y'all for the welcome.
I am picking up the mules this weekend and am going to start riding them and will take them out over night a time or two to get familiar with them. These are my friends mules originally out of New Mexico. I am very confident in my hunting ability and camping skills. I have been riding horses my whole life so I feel like once the mules get used to me I should ok there too. I am nervous about the country though. I've never been in the mountains unless you can count the hill country lol , but I have been running and working out to try to prepare.


The whole unit has elk not just the wildness. Nastier the country better the elk hunting, wether it's 1 mile off road or 12.




That is absolutely true BOBO but October is still early enough for the elk to be high, unless we get early snow which has not happened the last few winters. So the elk will likely be in the high country.
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