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Old 06-28-2011, 05:20 PM
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Unit 34 New Mexico

Well after many years of trying I finally drew a unit 34 New Mexico rifle tag. I plan on doing the hunt diy and any help on where to look or past experiences would be appreciated. Thanks, please pm me.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:11 AM
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Re: Unit 34 New Mexico

I also drew unit34 for deer\rifle. Amusing thing is 2 of my buddies also drew for the same hunt. We will be going camping several times over the next couple months to scout as I have never been to that area (I live up near ABQ). The only information I can really find online for that area is for elk. Most are saying above 7000ft elevation anywhere in that unit is prime for elk. From another post someone was saying West Side Road, especially out towards Bug Scuffle Ranch, Baily's and upper La Luz Canyons. Again this is for elk so I'm sure they will be driving the mule down. I'm going to purchase a topo map of that area and stay in sub 7500ft elevation areas, sit on ridges and scope the underbrush. Hopefully that will pay off.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:17 PM
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Re: Unit 34 New Mexico

I will keep you in mind and report back to you if I see any good deer and where. I am very interested as to what this severe drought will do to horn growth and game movement. Thanks, stay in touch.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:34 PM
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Hey guys, Unit 34 is on fire. It is not as big as the fires to the West near the Arizona border, but about 80-90,000 acres were burned as of this monring. Cloudcroft and Riodoso are under air quality warnings because of all the smoke. Fire has to be a game changer for how the game moves around.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:59 PM
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Re: Unit 34 New Mexico

Are you referring to the Donaldson fire that started last night from lightning? I heard about that but only saw that it had consumed 15k acres and was a few miles south of Hondo. Didn't realize 90K had been burned up.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:46 AM
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Re: Unit 34 New Mexico

Unit 34 is a great unit. I think you are looking too low... my experience is that better population is up higher for the rifle hunt. There are a ton of elk in 34.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: Unit 34 New Mexico

Just got back from unit 34. Camped in the Camp of the Tall Pines, and recommend it highly. Area has a lot of Bear and Bobcat coming into the camp; suggest wearing a side arm. All that burned has green sprouts coming up and looks like good grazing.

Now for the negatives:
The store at the highway into Weed has the only gas pump that side of Cloudcrof or Mayhill.

No beer except in Cloudcrof.

The only cafe is in Sacrememto.

Dry Forest camping. Bring your gas cans, water cans and generator.
I'll be there for the In-line Black powder season starting Oct. 15th
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