Originally Posted by Red Sparky
For the Gila unit 16A, 16C, or 16D. Unit 16B is mainly wilderness. Unit 17 has some big bulls in it. About any unit you put in for that has good elk the chances of drawing a tag is going to be the limiting factor. Guides are worth the money and private land is worth it if you can afford it.
Red Sparky is right on. I'm a NM guy but just getting into hunting and everyone who has helped me has said the same thing. I helped a buddy on a cow hunt in 16D and plan to keep putting in for 17 since I live there (but it is only bow or muzzleloader.)
Unless you have the bucks for private land, the hardest part is getting a tag. Then you have 5-7 months to figure out how to fill it!