New Mexico Unit 24 Hunting Information

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Overview of NM GMU 24 Hunting Facts

New Mexico unit 24 is located in the heart of the Gila National Forest. You will also find areas that are covered in the desert like grassland. Although elk are not heavily populated in trophy quality for this unit, there has been success at the occasional big bull each year.

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NM Unit 24 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 24

When hunting elk in unit 24 there are a few things to keep in mind. The rut is not very active during the first archery seasons. Your best bet at finding success during this season is to hunt near watering holes during the first and last light of the day. As the later season comes along, the rut is in full swing, making this the perfect time to start calling the elk in.
SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 24
5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Muzzleloader 15.00%
Archery 1 15.00%
Archery 2 20.00%
Rifle 20.00%
Rifle (YO) 70.00%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 24 New Mexico
Average Elk Quality 280″ – 330″
NM Area 24 Trophy Elk Potential 330″+
GMU 24 Bull to Cow Ratio 42:100
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Available Hunts for New Mexico Unit 24

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New Mexico Unit 24 Topo Map

Total Acreage: 965,000 acres over 1,508 square miles

Total Public Land: 615,000 acres or 63%

Land Ownership Mix: 37% Private; 63% Public; USFS: 296,128 acres; USFS Wilderness: 24,512 acres; BLM: 136,256 acres; State: 167,360 acres; Other Govt. Owned: 1,600 acres

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Sheep

Elevation Variances: 4,250 ft. to 9,000 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 56% shrub/scrub and 36% evergreen forest


Lay of the Land in NM Unit 24


Terrain in GMU 24 NM

Parts of the terrain in unit 24 consist of flat desert-like grasslands. Other parts of this unit will have rough, high mountains and deep canyons. Throughout this unit, you will find the Gila River, Mimbres River, and Tadpole Ridge.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 24 NM

The lower elevations of unit 24 consist of flat desert-like grassland with some brush and trees. The middle elevations mostly have junipers, scrub oak brush, and pinyon pines. Higher elevations consist of ponderosa pines, Gambel oaks, mountain mahoganies, and oak brush.

Access Points in NM GMU 24

Unit 24 has two main highways running through it. Highway 15 runs throughout the north of this unit while Highway 35 runs through other parts of this unit. We highly recommend a four-wheel-drive vehicle and when allowed ATVs are a good source of traveling.