New Mexico Unit 50 Hunting Information

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Overview of NM GMU 50 Hunting Facts

Unit 50 stretches from Colorado to Espanola. This unit has a mixture of private and public land. Although the private land will limit access to hunters in some parts of this unit, there is still plenty of public ground to hunt throughout the unit. For more information check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 50 section on the right.

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NM Unit 50 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 50

Although it might take a little time and patience, elk can be found in pretty good numbers in unit 50. Hunting near watering holes during the archery season has proven to be successful in the past. Spot and stalk hunting has also been a great method of hunting for this unit. During the rifle season, try getting away from any busy or main roads. The bulls will likely be where there is high coverage.
SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in New Mexico Unit 50
5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 1 20.00%
Archery 2 20.00%
Rifle 1 20.00%
Rifle 2 15.00%
Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 50 New Mexico
Average Elk Quality 270″ – 300″
NM Area 50 Trophy Elk Potential 310″+
GMU 50 Bull to Cow Ratio 38:100
New Mexico Unit 50 Elk Hunting FORUM Coming Soon!

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Cities Near NM Unit 50


New Mexico Unit 50 Topo Map

Total Acreage: 587,000 acres over 917 square miles

Total Public Land:400,000 acres or 68%

Land Ownership Mix: 32% Private; 68% Public; USFS: 86,400 acres; BLM: 255,424 acres; State: 59,072 acres; Other Govt Owned: 9,600 acres

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Sheep

Elevation Variances: 5,500 ft. to 9,400 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 72% shrub/scrub, 16% grassland/herbaceous and 8% evergreen forest

Unit 50 Boundaries: Unit 50 begins at the junction of US 84. To the east is NM 554 and to the north is New Mexico Highway 111. You will find US 285 to the south.


Lay of the Land in NM Unit 50


Terrain in GMU 50 NM

You can expect to find some mountains and foothills in unit 50. The steepest part of the terrain will mostly be on the sides of the ridges. Throughout this unit, you will find rivers and a few creeks flowing nearby.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 50 NM

Unit 50 has a wide variety of vegetation. The lower elevations are filled with pinyons and junipers. When you start to get into the middle and high elevations, you will start to see more ponderosa pines and oak brush.

Access Points in NM GMU 50

We recommend bringing a map that displays private and public ground so that you know where you can access certain areas. Most of the unit is public ground and has good gravel and or dirt roads that provide good access. When allowed, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended when traveling off main roads.