I am joking of course, but be aware that odds may get worse next year for Oryx.
At the beginning of last year the G&F asked the state Attorney General for an opinion on the legality of a non-resident quota for exotics. The opinion was that a NR quota should pass any legal challenge.
Fortunately they did not act on the opinion. I am hoping its because they do not want to risk losing the revenue from these species since they charge NRs an outrageous amount. But they were at least considering a NR quota for exotics and Bighorn sheep.
With the uncertainty its hard to tell what the draw odds will be next year.
Dang it your making me nervous and actually thinking about it. My credit card aches already but there's still enough room to make it happen. But I need 1k to get Colorado in this week and I'm going turkey and hog hunting in Texas next month. Free to hunt on that one but it still costs to get there.
And I'm leaving next week to go pick up a motorcycle I bought from BikerRn on here in Az.
I'm not sure if the Fish and Game here in NM has ever followed the quotas as they set out in the law and proclamation. I think its a slippery slope the state is on as far as kicking out of state hunters out and I think that will change once a few lawsuits are settled. At least on units that are on National forest. As an outfitter I here alot of hunters telling me that New Mexico sent out a clear message with the law change that made non residents feel unwelcome and that is unfortunate.
Copies of the lawsuit (motions) are online at the United Bowhunter's of New Mexico webpage. It's a good grassroot organization, if anyone is interested in joining.
The Judge may grant an injunction today. If he does the question is whether he will just throw out the outfitter quota or the whole draw. The later would be a real mess, but most people think nothing will come of the lawsuit.
Cantgetdrawn thanks for the link. I read the complaint and it looks to me like they got a case. I hope the injunction doesn't delay or mess up the draw. I myself am a resident outfitter but I operate mainly on private land. I hope they get things resolved soon.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...