Well I still have 5 days to drag my feet but I will get mine and my dads antelope application in before the deadline. This will be my first time for the antelope draw so I guess we will see how it goes. I asked a lot of questions and thought about it for a long time because we will be going in kind of blind if we are lucky enough to draw, but you only learn from doing so the choice is made.
I did apply unsuccessfully for the Oryx tag so this is technically my second application down there. I have to say that the process is very smooth on the New Mexico site and if you don't draw your money is refunded instantly back to your card.
I put mine in back in January so it has been a long wate, went for Deer, Elk, Ibex, and Antelope. I may add Barbary Sheep for a Feb 12 hunt. I will also be glad for the resident incress in tags I have lived here for 48 years and have yet to draw an antelope tag. Dad says allways next year.
Have they decided on the % for non resident tags for next year? I Heard 2 to begin with then I heard it went back up. I put in for elk this year I hope they don't get a flood of apps with people thinkin this is the last chance year. Good luck to all
I havent herd a final but my guess is somewhere around the 7-10% range. The difference is once the % is met it would be cut off where now we have a guarented % and if it gose over no problem. When they total up some units they have a 50 + % rate for non res.
While I guess that's bad news for us on the outside looking in, especially when I just started applying in New Mexico this year for the first. But I do agree that residents of a state should have a far better chance of getting a tag than a non resident. And in some cases of severely limited supply the residents should get them all.
But if you don't mind let's wait a few more years until I get everything I want first okay?
New Mexico SB196 Update: New Mexico's Senate Bill 196 which reduces non-resident tag quotas to 6% for regular non-guided applicants and will require a non-refundable $65 hunting license to apply is awaiting the Governor's signature to be finalized. Governor Susana Martinez has until this Friday to sign it. Apparently, the Governor's office has expressed concern regarding the financial future of New Mexico hunting if the bill is signed.
I don't mind taking my cances with lower odds or even paying my whole fee up front. I just don't like the states that make you buy the hunting license that most of us will never use as a way to keep some of the money lost by reducing the quantity of tags from us.
The only state I buy the license to apply is Utah but that is one I will use so no money is lost. So far Colorado or Wyoming don't require it.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...