New Mexico Unit 16B Hunting Information

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Overview of NM GMU 16B Hunting Facts

The majority of the land in unit 16B comes from the Gila and Aldo Leopold wilderness areas. The state issues a limited number of elk tags for this unit. Past hunters have said that this particular hunt is considered to be mild. There are areas within the unit that are rough and rugged, something to be aware of when planning your trip. For more information, check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 16B section on the right.

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NM Unit 16B Species Hunting Info

INFO: Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 16B
If you are hunting the rifle seasons in unit 16B, here are some things to keep in mind. The end of the rut is coming up as the early rifle season begins. With that said, it is not uncommon to find a few bugling bulls during this time. The rut is over by the time the later rifle seasons begin, causing it to be a little bit more difficult to locate bulls. Most of the bigger bulls will have moved into a more remote location. Set up by dense cover in steep and rocky locations for your best bet at success.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 16B
5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 1 20.00%
Archery 2 28.00%
Rifle 1 50.00%
Rifle 2 35.00%
Rifle 3 20.00%
Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 16B New Mexico
Average Elk Quality 300″ – 340″
NM Area 16B Trophy Elk Potential 340″+
GMU 16B Bull to Cow Ratio 34:100
New Mexico Unit 16B Elk Hunting FORUM Coming Soon!

Available Hunts for New Mexico Unit 16B

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Cities Near NM Unit 16B


New Mexico Unit 16B Topo Map

Total Acreage: 603,000 acres over 942 square miles

Total Public Land: 602,000 acres or 99%

Land Ownership Mix: 1% Private; 99% Public; USFS: 600,128 acres; USFS Wilderness: 524,992 acres; State: 768 acres

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Sheep

Elevation Variances: 5,000 ft. to 11,000 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 84% evergreen forest and 10% shrub/scrub


Lay of the Land in NM Unit 16B


Terrain in GMU 16B NM

The terrain in unit 16B is considered mild by most hunters. The elevation here ranges from 6,500-9,000 feet. The eastern and southern half of this unit are more rough and rugged. Here you will see rocky canyons. The other parts of this unit are made up of flat ridges and mesas, with the occasional steep canyons.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 16B NM

The vegetation in unit 16B ranges from elevation to elevation. In the higher elevations, you will see spruce-fir forests and aspens. The middle elevations consist mostly of ponderosa pines and oak brush. Lower elevations for the most part will be pinyon-juniper woods.

Access Points in NM GMU 16B

Unit 16B has more than 50 trailheads which give you access to hundreds of miles of remote trails. A great plus about this unit is that ATVs are not needed for most. Hunters tend to choose to walk from trail to trail. Overall there should be no problem with you finding public access throughout this unit.