New Mexico Unit 10 Hunting Information

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Overview of NM GMU 10 Hunting Facts

The Sandstone Canyons and ponderosa forests make up most of unit 10. This is not considered a “trophy” unit, but good bulls are taken from here every year. For more information check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 10 section on the right.

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NM Unit 10 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 10

During the rifle hunts, elk are a little bit more difficult to find. Every now and then you will hear a bugling bull, but you will have to move quickly to find them. Getting away from busy and main roads will help your chances of seeing a bull. Going into rougher terrain has also proven to be successful as well. If possible, set up near watering sources during the mornings and evenings.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 10

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 1 20.00%
Archery 2 18.00%
Muzzleloader 15.00%
Rifle  20.00%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 10 New Mexico

Average Elk Quality 300″ – 330″
NM Area 10 Trophy Elk Potential 340″+
GMU 10 Bull-to-Cow Ratio 37:100

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Cities Near NM Unit 10


New Mexico Unit 10 Topo Map

Total Acreage: 1,425,000 acres over 2,226 square miles

Total Public Land: 508,000 acres or 35%

Land Ownership Mix: 65% Private; 35% Public; US Forest Service: 329,216 acres; BLM: 93,312 acres; State: 73,792 acres; Other Govt Owned: 600,448 acres

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Sheep

Elevation Variances: 6,500 ft. to 9,200 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 49% evergreen forest and 40% shrub/scrub


Lay of the Land in NM Unit 10


Terrain in GMU 10 NM

Unit 10 consists of a variety of terrain, with the majority of it not being too severe. There are several areas where glassing is very effective for locating animals. Keep in mind that animals tend to hide in the pinyon juniper. The terrain is considered to be moderate, with very little elevation change.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 10 NM

The lower elevations of unit 10 tend to be covered in sagebrush flats and foothills, juniper, and pinyon pine. Once you get into the middle elevations you will start to see dense juniper, pinyon, and ponderosa pine.

Access Points in NM GMU 10

Unit 10 has several primitive and well-maintained roads. We recommend a four-wheel-drive vehicle when traveling the main roads. ATVs are allowed in some areas, just be aware of where those areas are. Having a map of private and public ground is helpful as well.