Frequent question: What is considered a mature bull elk in New Mexico?

“Mature bull” or “MB” shall mean a male elk with at least one brow tine extending six or more inches from the main beam or at least one forked antler with both branches six or more inches long.

How old is a mature bull elk?

By the age of 10, a bull, with a healthy diet and favorable weather, can reach trophy status, with six or seven long points coming off the main beam in those places were points are expected to be. This constitutes a typical elk.

How can you tell if a elk is a mature bull?

Mature bulls have a pronounced, curved posture from the top of their back to their lower neck, commonly described as a swayback in their lower neck. Look out for that pronounced curvature of the bottom of the elk’s neck to help you age him.

What is considered a big bull elk?

Any bull elk over 350″ is a BIG bull!

What is the best elk unit in New Mexico?

South central New Mexico is home to some of the states best elk hunting with units 34 & 36 leading the way. The two units have been consistent producers of quality bulls (300+) with truly giant bulls (370+) being taken out of both units every year.

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What is a 6×6 elk?

An elk with a total of 12 antler points (6×6) is called a ”royal” bull; one with 14 points (7X7) is an “imperial” and one with 16 points (8X8) is a monarch.

How much are elk ivory teeth worth?

A matched pair of cow ivories typically cost between $30-40 a pair depending on size, and color. Bull teeth typically cost $40-60 a pair and the author has seen a very large set of bull elk teeth with unique coloring sell for $200!

What is a good elk bull to cow ratio?

The ratio of bull elk to every 100 cows is higher than it has ever been since statistics were first recorded in the early 1970s. Game biologist Vic Coggins says that in 2004 there are 14 bull elk for every 100 counted cows.

How big is a 6 point elk?

It is usually the longest point, and on a monster bull it will be double (if not more) the burr to nose length. On a 6×6, the last point matters a lot. It has to be strong, at least 8 or 10 inches. This is less important if the bull is a 7×7, but you still need some inches in the top of the rack.