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Old 02-14-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default New Mexico Unit 34

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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Old 02-14-2020, 01:38 PM   #2
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Yes, locals are very mean towards non residents. Forward the contact info to me.

Does it come with landowner tags? Hopefully they are unit wide tags

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Old 02-14-2020, 02:00 PM   #3
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I archery hunted it last year, was a good hunt saw lots if elk each day, wouldn’t hesitate to go back.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:00 PM   #4
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I have. Great unit. I'll buy all the unit wide landowner tags you got for $2000 ea.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:12 PM   #5
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That's some of the best elk in the state, especially if you're near the mescalero Apache res. I've hunted that and unit 32 most of my life. Good mulies too.

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Old 02-14-2020, 02:24 PM   #6
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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?
Good buddy of mine has hunted it for Elk. Let me know if you need info.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:26 PM   #7
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I believe property has to be a certain number of acres and you can apply for landowner elk tags. I'm not sure how big it has to be. I have purchased a landowner tag there and paid 6k for it.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:31 PM   #8
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That's some of the best elk in the state, especially if you're near the mescalero Apache res. I've hunted that and unit 32 most of my life. Good mulies too.

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reports I can find state its a great elk unit but below par for Mule deer. I'm gonna put in for both so we will see
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:33 PM   #9
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reports I can find state its a great elk unit but below par for Mule deer. I'm gonna put in for both so we will see
That's accurate.

It's target rich for elk, good numbers of muleys but not a lot of bigguns if that's what you are looking for.

I've hunted there three times and I love the area. It's a nice little oasis in the middle of a desert of craplands lol
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:35 PM   #10
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In my experience, good Mulies are getting harder to find. I think New Mexico as a whole needs to do some better management. I think they need to open up doe tags and implement some better antler restrictions. The herd has been suffering there for a long time. Everyone blasts every fork horn they see. The majority never reach 3x3. And the buck doe ratio has got to be 100 to 1. There's definitely mature bucks around but they're hard to find.

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Old 02-14-2020, 02:38 PM   #11
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let me know if you need a buddy to split gas with. We can still apply for draws until March 18th :-) Might as well apply for Mule deer too...
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:54 PM   #12
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Unit 34 2 years ago. Killed 30 min into 1st day of youth season. Outfitter said it was a horrible year for antlers due to drought. 330” bull





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Old 02-14-2020, 03:07 PM   #13
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Unit 34 2 years ago. Killed 30 min into 1st day of youth season. Outfitter said it was a horrible year for antlers due to drought. 330” bull

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That bull would have scored better if he wasn't busted off on the right side.
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Old 02-14-2020, 03:10 PM   #14
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Some really great public land elk in the unit. ive seen a couple of nice bucks but the elk hunting is definitely better than deer
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:01 PM   #15
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put in for September Elk and Mule Deer.....here is to hoping
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:37 PM   #16
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reports I can find state its a great elk unit but below par for Mule deer. I'm gonna put in for both so we will see


Uncle has spent a lot of time in 34 and killed a nice bull last year. Said he’s seen very few deer and can’t remember the last time he saw a buck.


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Old 02-14-2020, 05:45 PM   #17
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Uncle has spent a lot of time in 34 and killed a nice bull last year. Said he’s seen very few deer and can’t remember the last time he saw a buck.


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my buddy has hunted in the Mescalero res. for several years and he has always said he sees very few mule deer. Apparently they killed a 165" whitetail there a few years back.


I called b.s then I saw the picture....
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:49 PM   #18
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my buddy has hunted in the Mescalero res. for several years and he has always said he sees very few mule deer. Apparently they killed a 165" whitetail there a few years back.





I called b.s then I saw the picture....





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Old 02-14-2020, 09:26 PM   #19
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My dad has hunted 34 three times and so far has killed 2 elk and one muledeer. Muledeer hunting is a little tough but they are covered up with elk.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:38 PM   #20
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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?
It's a unit that the G+F has been trying to get the elk numbers down over the
past few years. They also reintroduced big horn sheep into the area with a large population of barbery sheep. The deer is not the best but the unit has had some serious drought issues.

Good luck to you.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:55 PM   #21
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I own a ranch in Unit 34 that borders the LNF for about 3 miles. The new regs surrounding primary and secondary elk zones have really changed up the landowner permit process. Do some research on where property lies as it will impact the permits you receive.

Elk are plentiful with some great bulls in the area. Mule deer are becoming more difficult due to reduced numbers.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:22 PM   #22
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I drew a tag in 2018 and killed a nice 5x5. Saw elk everyday and would love to go back someday. If you some spots hit me up.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:09 PM   #23
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I grew up west of Roswell and consider the Lincoln National Forest as my home turf. PM me if you want to discuss further. We’ve had a lot of elk and mule deer success in 34.

My ol mans bull from Unit 34 in 2014.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:22 PM   #24
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Hunted there in 2016 and killed a respectable bull with my bow. Lots of elk where I hunted.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:59 AM   #25
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In the early 2000’s it was totally the opposite in most area’s of 34 especially around piñon the mule deer where plentiful but the elk were not .
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:15 AM   #26
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When they reintroduced mountain lions in 34, it hurt the deer population. Hoping for a landowner elk permit this year.
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