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Unit 34- New Mexico #7746076 02/14/20 06:37 PM
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Just came into a piece of property located inside the Lincoln National Forest.

I've always hunted Colorado and Wyoming but never New mexico….I know its not a very non-resident friendly state.


Anyone every hunt this unit for elk or deer?

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Very good hunting for elk, good deer, turkey, and bear hunting also. CWD was found in the unit 2 years ago, so they put out a lot of tags last year and likely to again this fall to thin the heard, so overall population might be down.

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Originally Posted by Fitzwho
Very good hunting for elk, good deer, turkey, and bear hunting also. CWD was found in the unit 2 years ago, so they put out a lot of tags last year and likely to again this fall to thin the heard, so overall population might be down.



I went ahead and put in.....I literally walk out of this property and am surrounded by Nat. Forest on all sides....so its worth a shot.


Looking online, they say its a excellent unit for Elk and so-so for deer. But if I get drawn, its worth a try.


Since its a CWD unit....what do I have to do in the event I get drawn and make a kill?

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Is this in the Timberon area south of Cloudcroft?


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Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Is this in the Timberon area south of Cloudcroft?



About 6,m miles south east of town off 130

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It is not in the Timberon area, Timberon is more to the west and farther south. Not sure what is in this area.


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It’s a stellar elk unit, I called in 6 bulls last year in a neighboring unit.

34 is a hard draw. If you are looking for better draw odds. Pm I know a really good outfitter in that unit.

Landowner archery tags go for 6-8k


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
It’s a stellar elk unit, I called in 6 bulls last year in a neighboring unit.

34 is a hard draw. If you are looking for better draw odds. Pm I know a really good outfitter in that unit.

Landowner archery tags go for 6-8k



I’ve heard conflicting reports on how hard it is to draw. But again I chose archery during prime time so it’s prolly gonna be a harder draw

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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
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It’s a stellar elk unit, I called in 6 bulls last year in a neighboring unit.

34 is a hard draw. If you are looking for better draw odds. Pm I know a really good outfitter in that unit.

Landowner archery tags go for 6-8k



I’ve heard conflicting reports on how hard it is to draw. But again I chose archery during prime time so it’s prolly gonna be a harder draw


There is No conflicting, it’s pretty clear cut. NM publishes the previous years draw odds every year for ever unit and gives you the Res, Outfitter and Non res Draw %

There are two main trophy bundle areas for for NM. Gila(16’s) and north and south side of the mescalero Indian res, 34/36. You have a few other trophy areas but they tend to have lessor densities

34 had 12 NR archery 1st season and 12 NR second season
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Wow...those are pretty slim odds

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I tried for almost 20 years to draw a NR rifle tag with no luck. You'll have a better chance pole vaulting 19' in the next Olympic games than drawing a tag in those units. I'd gather up some $$$$ and buy a LO tag and enjoy some of the best elk hunting in North America.

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Bobo is spot on. 34 is a great unit. Draw odds are small, however my friend has drawn a “NR unguided archery tag” there two of the past three attempts. Lots of good bulls in that unit. Wise to be selective unless your first opportunity is a bruiser. IMO 34 is a better unit than 36. If you have LO tags to sell you can make a good margin off of them. List price for Archery is around $6-8k, and rifle is $8-10k last i checked.

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Originally Posted by Jgraider
I tried for almost 20 years to draw a NR rifle tag with no luck. You'll have a better chance pole vaulting 19' in the next Olympic games than drawing a tag in those units. I'd gather up some $$$$ and buy a LO tag and enjoy some of the best elk hunting in North America.


I expected as much with a rifle tag, that’s why I put in for archery. Should have a slightly better chance.

Once I get thru my scheduled hunts here in the next few years if I don’t draw I may consider the landowner tag option

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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
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I tried for almost 20 years to draw a NR rifle tag with no luck. You'll have a better chance pole vaulting 19' in the next Olympic games than drawing a tag in those units. I'd gather up some $$$$ and buy a LO tag and enjoy some of the best elk hunting in North America.


I expected as much with a rifle tag, that’s why I put in for archery. Should have a slightly better chance.

Once I get thru my scheduled hunts here in the next few years if I don’t draw I may consider the landowner tag option


First season archery has the best odds out side the really late dec archery season


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Originally Posted by Theringworm
Bobo is spot on. 34 is a great unit. Draw odds are small, however my friend has drawn a “NR unguided archery tag” there two of the past three attempts. Lots of good bulls in that unit. Wise to be selective unless your first opportunity is a bruiser. IMO 34 is a better unit than 36. If you have LO tags to sell you can make a good margin off of them. List price for Archery is around $6-8k, and rifle is $8-10k last i checked.


Spot on, 34 also has more public ground.

36 isn’t a slouch. I screwed up on my Mulie deer app Last year and end up having to hunt sept in 36, instead of Jan. Was a tough hunt but calling in elk while messing around made it worth while.

Brandon- Tye w/k9 outfitters is who I would put in with if you wanted in the guide pool for 34.


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