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NM Draw Thread
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of anxious. I’m in for elk, deer, Barbery sheep, bighorn sheep, oryx and speed goat. Hopefully we will know something very soon! Good luck to all who haven’t boycotted NM ;)
I think we're still two weeks away (to the day) from finding out. Am I way off? I'd love to be wrong on that one!
Website says the 28th but I think they were a week early last year.
New Mexico is one of two western state where I apply and have never drawn a tag (the other being Nevada). Hopefully, I won't be able to say that much longer! Good luck to all!
Me too! I'm in for everything but Ibex. I've successfully rifle hunted the rock once, but I'm still building back up to wanting to try it again.
Antelope, deer and elk for me...
Deer and elk for me...fingers are crossed.
I read someone saying that they normally post on Wednesday. I don't know if that is true or not, but I think that would be 4/21. I just want to let everyone in advance know that their odds of drawing are just a tick worse than what they originally thought because there is an elk tag with my name on it in NM. :)
Elk and Barbary sheep here. One of these years I might get lucky and see the green....although my luck in NM has not been good.
Rumor I heard from someone who should know is NMDGF received a substantial increase in applications this year after a substantial increase last year. Every publication seems to bemoan hunter numbers decreasing yet every year in every state applications go up and draw odds go down...
Damn now you ruined my day. I thought for sure I would draw my unit 34 elk tag.
Smarba, and every year the forest gets trashier than ever, I can't believe how bad it is, I am sad for the generations to follow!
Well somebody is going to get my Sept bull elk tag cause I will be in Alaska, good luck to whoever it is!
It's the same with campgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, etc. People EVERYWHERE where they never used to be. Maybe after COVID settles down all these people will go back inside to their video games or wherever they've been until now...
I stopped recording last year's release dates because Greg does it for us :)
Thanks Greg :)
Amen smarba, the places I go turkey hunting back in the day would maybe have 1 or 2 rigs at the public pieces I hunt. Now there are 10-12. We sold 33% more archery turkey tags last year.
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I have a hard time getting tags as it is. Now, with the higher app numbers, its gotten real bad. Used to always get a January deer tag in a unit that always went undersubscribed and a archery javelina tag. Now I don't even get those. I know data doesn't support it, but I feel there's got to be a bias against solo applicants.
Anyways, hunter participation numbers being higher should be good for us but it sucks when can't draw a basic deer tag in your home State.
This is how I feel about the NM draw every year.
Yeah I usually felt like I had a better chance at winning the BOW governors tag at 1 in 300.
Anyone ever hunt near the Jicarilla Res or know anything about the private land next to it? Good....bad??
East or west side JL? I don’t know of any private or much private that borders it on the west side but there could be. Lots of private on the east side that are in units 5a and 5b.
6a is in the Jemez and there is no private bordering the Jic there. There is me strip of 6a that borders the highway coming into Cuba but it’s only about a mile wide and maybe 3-4 miles long but it’s not private either. Did you mean 5a or 5b?
2 years ago I put in for the first time ever and drew a tag. Killed an average bull on the last day and was happy with that. Put in again this year. Sounds like if I draw 2 for 2 I may get shot!-D
I have a ranch in 5A less than. a mile from the JIC. What do you want to know about?