New Mexico fall black bear, non resident 2022

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I somehow lucked out this year and drew an early fall (August) New Mexico bear tag as a non resident. This will be my first bear hunt as well as my first time to hunt New Mexico. The 2 units available are 54 and 55A in zone 5 at the northeastern corner of the state just west of Raton. No baiting allowed so it will be a spot and stalk. My plan as of now is to make a trip up there within the next couple months to scout the area and gain as much info as I can before I start organizing and packing up for the hunt.

If anyone has hunted this area or has any general info on access or strategy, feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 

dtrkyman

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Water and Acorns, should be a fair amount of bears in those units! I should have a biologists info I can get you, let me look for it.

Raton is a beautiful area, the Cimarron flows near there, amazing place, bring a fly rod.
 
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Water and Acorns, should be a fair amount of bears in those units! I should have a biologists info I can get you, let me look for it.

Raton is a beautiful area, the Cimarron flows near there, amazing place, bring a fly rod.
Thanks! I sent an email to a Rick
Water and Acorns, should be a fair amount of bears in those units! I should have a biologists info I can get you, let me look for it.

Raton is a beautiful area, the Cimarron flows near there, amazing place, bring a fly rod.
Thanks for the heads up! I sent an email to a Rick Winslow who I believe is the bear and cougar biologist for NMDGF. Waiting for a reply but if you’re happen to have another contact, I’d gladly put it to use. According to gohunt, I’ll be limited to the 3 WMAs in units 54 and 55A. Urraca, E.S. Barker and Collin Neblett as well as Valle Vidal. I’ve seen a couple comments saying it’s not worth drawing the tag if you’re not going with hounds or a guide. I guess we’ll see!
 
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