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NM Mule Deer

I want to put in for the draw next year. I downloaded the forms and odds sheets for the last 3 years. I have studied google earth and maps. That is all that I really have to go by to pick an area. I have a friend that grew up near Carlsbad. He is giving me some help in that area. Does anyone have any tips for a Texas flat land hunter? I will get to go and scout one weekend before the hunt (if I get picked) When would be the best time to do that? I know you have to pay for your tag up front this year. I'm okay with that. I know lots about Texas white-tails and what to expect most anyplace in the state and I know almost nothing about NM. I am looking at the areas in the Southern part that have the large number of permits (1000, 1500 rifle). Is that a mistake?

thank for any help
John

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Re: NM Mule Deer

John,
New Mexico is a tough state to figure out for deer because they don't publish their deer survey data, just the harvest data. I've been trying to talk to folks about getting my hands on anything they might have so that I can better rank their units. As for your draw strategy, it might be a mistake to look just for areas with lots of tags. New Mexico has fairly short seasons, so hunting pressure could be intense. I would look for areas with lots of public ground and not so many tags. They have nice little maps that will help you measure the amount of public ground in each unit. I'd strive for about 1 tag per 1 sq mile of public ground. Success rates matter to some extent too. But don't get fooled by areas with high success if there is very little public ground. That's mostly going to be private land hunting boosting the rate.
I'd go scout as close to the season as possible. Early or mid September would be good.

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Re: NM Mule Deer

2B is the unit if you are looking for numbers and size. 2C as well, but low draw odds. 23 holds some nice deer and 30 as you stated has some good numbers. I have not drawn a tag since moving here. Good luck!

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Re: NM Mule Deer

Good advice there. Mulies are making good comebacks in some areas like 45,and in Gila areas. I drew as non res before moving here,but hear it's tough to draw good areas as res. I'll be applying for landowner deer tags besides elk tags this year for my place if I can,theres some good ones here.

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Re: NM Mule Deer

Thanks for the advice. I know that I should know more about the areas that I want to draw for. It is just difficult to make myself go scout areas 5 or 600 miles away that I may not even get a tag for. Also, I don't have any real expectations that the deer will be in the same places in March that they will be in October and November. So, the draw and success percentage charts are all that I really have to go by unless I hear some strong arguments for certain areas. And I don't expect someone to give me the work and time that they put into learning areas. Just knowing a general area within a couple of units that hold deer would be a great starting point. I will eventually learn some good areas. Hopefully before I get too old to get around.
John

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Re: NM Mule Deer

Try 45 in the Pecos,good deer and coming back strong in area I've heard,but high altitude.Not BC but I've seen good deer there.I hunted an unit that had few tags and holds some good bucks,but saw more bulls than deer and no bucks....thats hunting. Go online and look under landowner tags for those units the above mentioned. Not all are hi $ IMHO, and its near you.

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This year I harvested a mulie on the southwestern part of the state (Gila Nat. Forest). While scouting the area during the summer, I plenty of deer. When hunting time came I also saw plenty of hunters.

I have also scouted and hunted the southeastern part of the state where there are alot of deer and some nice ones aswell.

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Re: NM Mule Deer

I have hunted area 30 for the last 5 or 6 years and have seen lots of deer in the past . Last year, however we found deer numbers to be down dramatically as far as doe groups were concerned. Predators numbers had increased. It was a great place to hunt coyotes. There is alot of public land and deer in certain pockets. We found the deer numbers responded best when protected by the 3pt. rule of a few years past. Area 30 probably presents you with the best chance of being drawn. Good luck and God bless.

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Re: NM Mule Deer

2B can be a great hunt if there's enough snow to move them out of Colorado.

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Thanks again for the help. Is there map on the internet that shows if there is public land in a unit or not? I don't want to apply for a unit that has no public land at all.

John

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BLM maps would show public and private.

Here's a link...

http://plicmapcenter.org/

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