Muns and his public-land New Mexico elk bull.
By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant
In Report 10878
subscriber M. Muns recommends his New Mexico elk hunt with Vince Vigil's New Mexico Hunting Adventures (505-363-1638; www.nmhuntingadventures.com
). Although Vigil also offers private land hunts, Muns and his partner hunted public land in Unit 51 in Carson National Forest.
Muns purchased the two-person hunt for himself and a friend at an SCI event. They both drew tags, so there was no need to purchase a landowner tag. The duo hunted out of a tent camp staffed by Mark Chavez and wife, Gina, while Paul Chavez guided.
The rut has ended by the time New Mexico rifle season starts. Muns says the bulls were no longer actively bugling. Most of the elk seen were coming into water in the evening because it was hot and windy. While hunting public land, they encountered other hunters daily. Muns' friend ended up taking a "decent, young 6x6 bull," and Muns took his "older 5x4 raghorn bull" on the last night.
Muns says that although "it was good hunting and we put meat in the freezer, I would not recommend the rifle season here for anyone looking for 300-plus-class bulls. I think you would have more success during archery season." Muns also believes that this is a good option for an introductory elk hunt, as "you get the tented camp experience, yet it's not too rugged." The only mix-up occurred when Muns was given the wrong arrival date....