The deadline to apply for 2012 in New Mexico is next Wednesday. I know a lot of you are hesitant because of the rule changes.
The bad new is the DIY NR quota for elk, deer, and pronghorns has been cut in half and you are now required to buy a general hunting license on top of your big game license in order to hunt in NM.
The good news is that exotics and bighorn sheep do not have a separate NR quota. The cost is very step, but the odds of drawing for a non-resident are equal to that of a resident. The Desert Bighorns were delisted this year in NM, as a result the number of tags increased from 2 to 14 (shows what happens when you manage a few kitties).
The other bit of good new is that if you are not drawn all you have to pay is the application fee. It was decided the $65 general hunting license could be refunded along with the tag fee. All you have to do is check the refund box.
Finally some people have threatened to boycott NM this year, so the odds may get a little better for these species. Those who have put in for Oryx in the past, may have better odds this year. You never know.