New Mexico Unit 34 Elk Questions

elkocd

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I know I’m late to the responses here.
I’ll also be in 34 - headed in on Tuesday.
ive spent a fair amount of time scouting and was there just a few days ago hearing bugling left and right.

First time hunt over here! Good luck to y’all!

Stephanie
You'll have fun. Just a matter if you want to shoot the first 30 5pts/small 6pts or hold out for something better. My guess is 98% of guys shoot one of the 1st 30 bulls they see.
 

jared_the_hunter

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I camped and hunted off of Wills Canyon. Plenty of elk, an a more seasoned elk hunter could easily get a nice bull. My first time, and I passed on plenty of smaller animals. If someone is in that area I can tell you where I found tons of animals, just could not close the distance on one I wanted. The area I was in is difficult lit terrain, very thick, and could be a hard pack out. But if you want to be left alone and hear some action, I can send you to a spot.
 

Chet Manley

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Well my NM 34 elk hunt lasted all of 30 mins. This was my first morning with my bow and he was down at 7:00. I actually passed on him at first because he was so narrow and short, but as he was walking off broadside at 40 yards his 7x7 and tine length would not let me let him walk. 343" and some change. He only had a 165" base frame or he would have been a a really good bull.

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That’s an awesome bull, congrats to you and your son; I would love to see your trophy’s if you nearly passed on that one!
 

elkocd

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That’s an awesome bull, congrats to you and your son; I would love to see your trophy’s if you nearly passed on that one!
Thanks. I was happy with him afterwards and score wise was much better than he looked because of being a 7x7 with good tine length. As said this was the first 30 mins of my hunt with a week left in the season and he was narrow and short main beams. Just was not visually what I was looking for at that moment and I wanted to spend some more time with my son in the woods before he heads off to college. I would have been just as happy to let him walk and spend the rest of the hunt looking for something better with my son. Even if it meant eating my tag. Definitely not my biggest bull, but score wise one of the best.
 
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