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New Mexico Hunting

Last fall I was lucky to draw a tags for Elk and Mule deer in NM. I was wondering because i thought I read somewhere that you cannot be drawn for the same hunt you held a tag for the previous year in NM. I would like to go, again on the same muzzleloader hunt as I cam home empty handed on the elk side of the trip but had an amazing experience and would like to do it again. the same hunt would be prefered but I do not want to waste an application when the time comes if i am not allowed to apply for the same hunt again.
has anybody else heard of this? I am not talking about valles caldera or once-in-a-lifetime hunts, just normal draw hunts. I am a non-resident of NM i don't know if that matters. Any help is appreciated.

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Location: Eunice, NM
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Re: New Mexico Hunting

The 2010 Big-game Rules & Information Booklet is out and that has been resinded, so apply for what you wont. good luck

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Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Re: New Mexico Hunting

What he said, they eliminated it. What hunts did you have? I might be able to help you. You would be very lucky to draw back to back years. I as a resident can't even draw.

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Re: New Mexico Hunting

As stated they decided to disallow that idea. But check with G&F.You can actually talk to a helpful person there.It depends on which unit you are talking about,the top ones can be hard to draw.As a non-res tho I drew my first choice two years running. But I don't just apply to top units.Now that I am resident it will change for me,odds not as good.The main thing is don't just apply for top units in NM,there are several with good elk and deer that are 100% draws. I'll be putting in for the better units around me,but I'm in landowner tag pool now too!! The odds are way better even as a resident in NM,compared to try and draw say a Goodale hunt in CA.1in40,000 odds. But I also know alot of NM residents that apply out of state,I apply in UT & CO. too.Good luuck and good hunting,give me a buzz and I'll help if I can.

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Re: New Mexico Hunting

Thanks everything was very helpful and i apply for unit 45 because I really love the area. Last year i drew the muzzleloader/bow season. It was a great experience and i came home with some meat, I did not see any elk but when the temp dropped at night the bulls could be heard all over the hills, it was amazing. I am looking to find a company that will drop camp me in, just pack me in and pick me up, there will two of us and i am trying to compare prices right now. I am a CA resident and I apply to CO as well with 6 pref points for deer right now. any help would be very appreciated.

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Location: SW Mtns. NM
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Re: New Mexico Hunting

I drew Unit 45 year before last and will apply again in future,a great area and one of those near 100% for rifle.I hunted 6a this year,both I drew first choice....

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I drew Unit 45 year before last and will apply again in future,a great area and one of those near 100% for rifle.I hunted 6a this year,both I drew first choice....

Where did you park or camp at? Any issues with your stuff being messed with? I love it up there, just need to be very careful where you leave your camp and or truck.

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Re: New Mexico Hunting

I parked near the trail head that leads to grass mountain and hiked about 2miles in to camp. I made a trip down to the truck about every other day in the afternoon to keep and eye on it. i didnt have any problems

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Re: New Mexico Hunting

Glad to hear you did not have any troubles! Here is a link for a drop camp. Beautiful country!

http://www.pecoswilderness.com/default.aspx?xmlSource=elkDropCamp.xml

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Re: New Mexico Hunting

That's the area I've been in too,and had no problems at trailhead parking.You can go on up into the Pecos Wilderness from there easy too.You don't have to get back as far as the stock packers do,let them flush them back to you....It's an awesome place.I had a valley full of bugling bulls in second rifle season,very odd,very cool.Talk to the local Pecos warden,he has good intel.In NM for the most part if you leave your vehicle by rd. in forest or BLM and hike from there it doesn't get messed with.Some areas are to be avoided.Talk to local LEO's about where to avoid,they have given good tips too.The main trailheads have so many folks from all over that they watch each others backs...the hunters that is.

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