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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

I'm headed to NM in Sept for an elk archery hunt, I've read thru the Big Game regs and cant seem to find anything that states whether or not its legal to carry a sidearm while archery hunting in New Mexico.
And I guess more importantly if you even feel it's neccessary to carry one?

I'm not schooled in hunting the mountains in NM but have been reading about the encounters elk hunters can have with lions,bears and even theives at camp where they either had a sidearm or wished they did.
I am going to contact the G&F Mon or Tues to get a definitive answer but thought I would ask here to see if most even felt it was neccessary.

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Location: SanRamon, CA
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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

I know you can't carry a side arm during archery seaon in California. Good luck in NM

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Location: Aztec, NM
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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

New Mexico is still the wild west, you can carry a handgun anywhere you want as long as its not concealed ( except for banks and liquor stores/bars)Big smile As far as needing one, you prolly wont but its nice to have.

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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

Why it is true that NM has no laws against “Open Carry”. While hunting with a Bow you may not have a firearm on your person while actively hunting. Could you have one in your truck, sure but while in the field hunting Big Game with the bow, leave it in your truck or camper don’t carry it.
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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

wrong, there are no laws against it while hunting, you may have heard it somewhere but it is not a law in NM

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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

I’m wrong. According to NMG&F(ABQ office) that was removed this year. It is now legal to carry a sidearm in both bow and muzzle loader season; for protect.

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Location: CA now NM soon
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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

You can walk down the streets of Albuquerque with a Colt 45 on your hip.
Perfectly legal.

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legal/illegal? Sidearm in NM

There are some giant cats there. When I have hunted there I like to carry. My guides have just laughed at me.

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