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#7055646 - 01/27/18 10:58 PM 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt
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Registered: 06/09/08
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Loc: Allen, Tx
Well this year will be the third year in a row that I'll be putting in for the Gila.
All 3 choices are going to be bow hunts in the Gila, 2 of them 9/15-9/24, the other 9/1-9/14.

Has anybody actually drawn a bow tag in the Gila, if so, how many years did it take?
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#7055695 - 01/28/18 02:29 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 18373
Loc: Winters
My first try, and first elk hunt, I drew a cow tag in unit 15. Keep putting in. Itís worth it. I had an incredible hunt. Even knowing nothing about elk, I killed a cow. I was in the middle of big, rutting bulls every day. One of these days, Iíll start putting in again for bull tags.

I also hunted deer there one year, and took my dad there with his muzzleloader tag. Those hunts were slower, but I missed an opportunity at a monster mulie in velvet, and a lightning storm ran my dad off the hill while putting a stalk on a 6 point well over 300Ē. Iíd guess he was more like 350, but I didnít look at him that close. As soon as I saw how big he was, we started moving around him. The lightning set in, and I couldnít convince my dad that he was worth getting struck for.
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#7055748 - 01/28/18 07:48 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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I've been applying for a rifle bull tag for 15A for 16 years. No Luck
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#7055754 - 01/28/18 08:04 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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I have hunted the Gila 7 times, all rifle. First 6 were in 16c and the last one was 16a and have only been drawn twice using an outfitter each time, the other 5 I bought a landowner tag when not drawn. The quality of 16c has gone down quite a bit over the past few years. Being a non-resident the draws odds are a little better through an outfitter.
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#7055783 - 01/28/18 08:36 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: Elkhunter49]
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Originally Posted By: Elkhunter49
I've been applying for a rifle bull tag for 15A for 16 years. No Luck


16A?
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#7055797 - 01/28/18 08:55 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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Registered: 07/05/09
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Loc: Gilmer, TX
I drew a (once in a lifetime) bull rifle tag on the Valle Vidal on my first try!

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#7055818 - 01/28/18 09:22 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: gollygee]
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Originally Posted By: gollygee
I drew a (once in a lifetime) bull rifle tag on the Valle Vidal on my first try!


Get out of here.
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#7055849 - 01/28/18 09:56 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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Registered: 04/15/17
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Loc: DFW
I've avoided putting in for NM tags to this point bc of proximity (I was stationed in KY and GA) but now that I'm settled in TX I think I will start. I've been building points in AZ, CO, NV, UT, WY

Correct me if I'm wrong- NM you must pay full tag price up front to enter the draw and there are no pref or bonus points. It is a straight draw each year.

What is the resident vs non-resident tag allocation or quota?

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#7055875 - 01/28/18 10:28 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
armadillophil Offline
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Registered: 09/28/06
Posts: 93
Loc: Keller, Texas
I just applied for New Mexico Unit 34 and 36 Archery. Yes you have to pay the 867 dollars up front. No points. Non residents get only around 10 % of tags I believe, not good odds. Good luck
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#7055927 - 01/28/18 11:35 AM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: Sneaky]
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: Elkhunter49
I've been applying for a rifle bull tag for 15A for 16 years. No Luck


16A?


Yea 16A, I was trying to add up the years in my head and got stuck at 15. Here is why I keep applying....
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#7055954 - 01/28/18 12:12 PM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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The "Grouch"

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I think the percentages are 11% for nonresidents with a guide and 9% for nonresidents without a guide. Something like that.
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#7055962 - 01/28/18 12:18 PM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: huntnfishtx]
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1 of my friends drew last year on his 2nd year 15ML, another 2 guys i know drew 23 rifle their 1st year last year, all with oufitters the same Outiftter Gila and Apache Outitters

Ive put in 3 or 4years never drawn


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#7055963 - 01/28/18 12:18 PM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: Sneaky]
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
I think the percentages are 11% for nonresidents with a guide and 9% for nonresidents without a guide. Something like that.


I think its alot higher with an outfitter, they say it increases your chances 10-15%, but maybe lower without an outitter say like 2% without 12% with


Edited by sparrish8 (01/28/18 12:19 PM)

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#7056001 - 01/28/18 12:53 PM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: sparrish8]
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Originally Posted By: sparrish8
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
I think the percentages are 11% for nonresidents with a guide and 9% for nonresidents without a guide. Something like that.


I think its alot higher with an outfitter, they say it increases your chances 10-15%, but maybe lower without an outitter say like 2% without 12% with


I believe you are right Steve it is a lot higher odds of success if you apply with an outfitter but I'm too hard headed to apply with one after the bigger outfitters in NM lobbyed for years to get control of all of the NR tags. As is true with most things involving the (fed,state or local) government I'm sure some crooked sb got paid off.
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#7056023 - 01/28/18 01:07 PM Re: 2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt [Re: sparrish8]
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The "Grouch"

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Originally Posted By: sparrish8
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
I think the percentages are 11% for nonresidents with a guide and 9% for nonresidents without a guide. Something like that.


I think its alot higher with an outfitter, they say it increases your chances 10-15%, but maybe lower without an outitter say like 2% without 12% with


11% to 9% would be about 10-15 % higher.
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