2021 New Mexico Elk Hunting Prospects & Population Summary 2021 New Mexico Elk Hunting Prospects & Population Summary Hunters can use the landowner list to find private land elk authorization. Unit-wide private lands are open to properly licensed elk hunters during each public elk hunt for the sole purpose of hunting elk. Hunters are allowed free, unrestricted, and equal access to unit-wide ranches. Unit-wide ranches are not open for camping. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt.
Interactive Map The interactive map is designed to help elk hunters locate active unit-wide ranches in each GMU for the current license year. Maps provided on this webpage are the department’s best interpretation of the ranch based on property information received from and verified by the landowner.
Private ranches enrolled in the EPLUS program as unit-wide provide additional elk hunting opportunities across the state. These landowners selected the unit-wide hunting option on their EPLUS agreement and received a unit-wide authorization(s) for the current license year. In exchange, they agree to allow public elk hunting access on their private ranch to legally licensed elk hunters in that GMU. Hunters who possess a public draw elk license or a private land unit-wide elk license may access these private unit-wide ranches in addition to the accessible public land in their assigned GMU.
Unit-wide private ranches are open during each public elk hunt for the sole purpose of hunting elk. They are not open during any other time of year or for any other purpose. Hunters are allowed free access to the entire unit-wide ranch during their licensed hunt dates, including scouting up to two days immediately preceding the start of their hunt. Landowners and their employees may not interfere with elk hunters while on the ranch and elk hunters are not required to notify landowners or their employees before entering the ranch. Vehicular access may be restricted on the ranch however; it must be equally restricted to all elk hunters, including hunters holding a license purchased with authorizations issued to the ranch. No elk hunter, including hunters holding a license purchased with authorizations issued to this ranch, may drive off-road on a unit-wide ranch except to retrieve legally harvested elk with separate permission from the landowner. Unit-wide ranches are not open for camping. The interactive map (below) is designed to help hunters and landowners find Unit-wide ranches. Click on Units to display a pop-up window of information and clickable links. Print/PDF button (lower map) available at any zoom level.
The map will be taken down in March each year and will be published again in early August before the start of the next hunting season. Unit-Wide ranches are subject to change from year to year.
If borders or tools are missing click to reload map or view mobile map in a new browser window.
If there is rain in the forecast you'll want to be careful about where you camp and drive, as everything that isn't hard pack turns to slop.
It USED to be hard to get the maps, that was true. I had to do and pay $$ for an open records request for copies of the landowner maps (drawn in crayon it seemed) back in the day--a few years ago.
Much more above board now, thankfully. Now if I could just draw 16D and 15 again....