First elk hunt


New member
Jun 8, 2019
New Mexico
For this unit. This is the first time elk have ever been hunted in this New Mexico GMU! One hunt for 5 days...12-16 October. This hunt is for either sex, any legal firearm, with only 10 tags given out. I live in this GMU. Actually, I live next to the wilderness area.Trophy mule deer and bear here are numerous. And in addition this is my first elk hunt ever. Many firsts here! Lol 😁

I have always been a rather good deer and Pronghorn hunter, growing up in South Dakota. I am comfortable in the mountains. I have friends nearby that will help me pack out the meat. Trying to cram as much information as possible. The wife gave me a budget to gear up, albeit a meager one. But I will be able to get what I need that I don't already have. I went on my first scouting trip yesterday in the nearby wilderness. It was 92 in the desert but oh so nice under the forest canopy. I hiked to a north facing slope at about 8,000 ft near a spring but no elk sign. Going to be a good berry year though, and the boars do get big there. Going to hike up the other side within a couple of days. Any suggestions are very welcome. I have always been able to find what I was looking for but this elk hunt will be my ultimate challenge. The only info I have on elk is a few reports from hikers. The deer hunters who are lucky enough to get drawn don't talk much.


Active member
Aug 1, 2015
Welcome to HT. Great first post. Good luck this season.