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.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...