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Old 10-18-2010, 07:26 AM   #1
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Default NM Elk - UNIT 15 muzzlelaoder - here we come!

Just a few more hours away before the wheels come up (so to speak - we are driving) and we head out to Reserve, NM to hunt the Gila. Bags are packed and we are more than ready to make the 3rd annual Father/Son elk hunting trip. Last two years we hunted Elk in Colorado. Dad is 1 for 2 and I'm 0 for 2. This last year we put in for guided tags and and pulled our first choice Unit 15 and are hoping to both take bulls this year.

Anyone have any experience in this unit?

Last year we hunted private drop camp from bowhuntermac in Grand Junction and that terrain 'bout kicked our tails. It was rough rough!!! I have no real idea what to expect in NM, but I've been told that it's a lot less extreme and easier hiking.

ah - for those interested, this is our first hunt with Muzzleloaders. We've been practicing with our TC Omegas for several months though. Both of us use the same Blackhorn 209 powder and love it and and found the sabot that our guns like the best. I'm getting 4" groups @ 200 yards with that Barnes TMZ 290 grain sabot.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:14 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:47 AM   #4
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Best of luck to you.

Beautiful area. Spent Memorial Day weekend motorcycling (dual sport) the Gila. Actually spent one night in Reserve when we almost ran out of fuel and were zero on water...rookie mistake as one of the forest roads was closed that had us take the long way to Silver City. Forest service offered water, fuel and a place to bunk which was cool but decided we wanted to be out of the woods. It was dark, there were tons of deer, so we decided Silver City was not to be that night. Interesting little town. For a holiday weekend, most of the woods was fairly deserted.

Diversion but - beautiful area, good luck putting one down.

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Old 10-18-2010, 09:07 AM   #5
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Which unit A or B?

I've hunted both of them quite a bit. B for elk and we used to run a lot of cats in A
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:11 AM   #6
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Which unit A or B?

I've hunted both of them quite a bit. B for elk and we used to run a lot of cats in A
Pretty sure Unit 15 doesn't have A/B. It's just "Unit 15".
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:29 AM   #7
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it used too
road 32 from Apache Creek north to Quemado was the dividing line 15A to the west, 15 B to the east
I haven't it since 2002 but know it fairly well
I quit hunting it once USO got there lodge/camp if I remember right it had an airstrip, all built and there were way to many guides running around with radios and too many planes in the air.
Now I'm not saying they were USO's planes or there guides, just saying it got mighty busy around that unit.

Are you hunting with an outfitter or is it a DYI?

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Old 10-18-2010, 12:46 PM   #8
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it used too
road 32 from Apache Creek north to Quemado was the dividing line 15A to the west, 15 B to the east
I haven't it since 2002 but know it fairly well
I quit hunting it once USO got there lodge/camp if I remember right it had an airstrip, all built and there were way to many guides running around with radios and too many planes in the air.
Now I'm not saying they were USO's planes or there guides, just saying it got mighty busy around that unit.

Are you hunting with an outfitter or is it a DYI?
Ugh- That doesn't sound too good.

I'm using an Outfitter. (All American Outfitter - http://www.gilaguide.com/)
Came referred to me from texashuntingforum.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:51 PM   #9
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let me know how you do. I would love to book a hunt next year. good luck
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:46 PM   #10
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I believe you were apart of that group that put in for the tags. My brother and I got the archery stamps for Unit 23.

23 is the unit just south of 15 but connects. We were camping south right next to the road that devides them. We always heard elk bugling on the north side in that Unit. We saw a couple of big bulls that crossed to our side but couldn't get a shot. We were perched up on one of the peaks and noticed some nice areas over in Unit 15 close by. There are probably better spots but just wanted to let you know.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:47 PM   #11
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:38 PM   #12
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I hunted unit 15 muzzleloader two years ago. It was a great hunt. Didn't kill one but I did manage to get onto three different bulls. One six, a five and a rag horn. So they are there. Mine was diy so with an outfitter you should do good. Good luck and don't forget the ldp's.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:52 PM   #13
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:37 PM   #14
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Well?????
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:12 AM   #15
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Well?????
I got skunked. AGAIN!!! I ran around those mountains with my guide from sun up to sun down. Closest I got was 330 yards w/ +40mph wind at a 360 bull on Dillon Mountain. Missed.

Dad got a little barely legal dink bull by sitting in a Double Bull next to a pond the last hunt on the last day.

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Old 10-29-2010, 09:22 AM   #16
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:07 AM   #17
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Have packed out two 330" bulls from 15 in years past. Both archery bulls and by my buddies. Had a chance at a 350" but ran out of daylight with him in the middle of a meadow. Not sure if you are using them, but get your butt off the 4 wheelers. Too many fools running around and scaring elk. The country is a lot easier to get around in. Great great unit! Kill a big one!!!
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:01 AM   #18
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I got skunked. AGAIN!!! I ran around those mountains with my guide from sun up to sun down. Closest I got was 330 yards w/ +40mph wind at a 360 bull on Dillon Mountain. Missed.

Dad got a little barely legal dink bull by sitting in a Double Bull next to a pond the last hunt on the last day.

Will post pics and complete write-up later.
My brother was there at same time. He said it was very tough hunting. He and his guide talked to 30 something hunters and none of them killed. He finaly got 291 5x6 in last 5 mins of last day. He said he will not go back that far from the rut again. Sorry you did not connect but being skunked a few times is what makes it so rewarding when you finaly get one. Hang in there buddy.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:56 AM   #19
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My brother was there at same time. He said it was very tough hunting. He and his guide talked to 30 something hunters and none of them killed. He finaly got 291 5x6 in last 5 mins of last day. He said he will not go back that far from the rut again. Sorry you did not connect but being skunked a few times is what makes it so rewarding when you finaly get one. Hang in there buddy.
X2 I feel your pain
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