right now if you use a cc for elk and deer you dont pay till you draw out. I read in there in 2010 this will go across the board for the draw. I hate it because it will make what I have been putting in for go from about $50 to $500 and still not draw anything and have to wate on a reimbursment for my funds.
I also do not like the idea of having to wait to get reimbursed, but on the other hand I really like this new system because peta is tying up a lot of permits. They apply for the hunts and if successful they never purchase the license. Hopefully this new system will keep most of them out of the picture.
I have to buy a lic. to apply in Utah, so I have been expecting it in NM. But the whole tag fee up front is a little pricey. But I don't have a choice if I want to hunt NM as much as I do. I just put in for those states now, can't afford any more.
The full fee doesn't affect deer and elk. YET. All of these are on NMDG&F website If you have a tag in hand and can't hunt cause of ilness or...thats that. I believe you can decline and get refund before a certain date. Me I'd never decline.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....