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I have some stupid e-tag questions for New Mexico. I almost got tripped up in NM 14 years ago for missing a stamp, and if it weren't for a very cool game warden, I'd have had to pay a fine.
Want to make sure I don't do something stupid again. I have the NM E-tag app. I had to redownload it, but now the tag is showing up in the app. It says "E-tag Unavailable", but the next screen just shows I have a tag, but it's not within hunt dates.
Am I good to go? I'll try to post a screenshot with my phone next.
Thanks. Sorry for stupid questions
If you log into the website that should confirm if you have an etag or not. I assume you didn't get a paper tag in the mail. I don't think it will work until your hunt dates. Just remember even though you e tag it you still need a physical paper to put on the animal. I wasn't aware of this last year and luckily had some paper maps in my pack and a pen. I used flagging tape to put the tag on the antler. Actually ran into a warden and my note with e tag number on the antler was fine.
I honestly don't know why anyone prefers the e-tag. As huntabsarokee notes, you'll still need to use your phone to generate a number after the kill, write it on something, and then attach it to the animal as required. So why not just use the mail-issued peel & stick version instead of relying on your phone? I'm just old-school I guess...
I’m right there with ya Carl!
It will change when the season opens. If your tag is on your phone you will never leave for the hunt without your tag. I think it's a good option.
Yes, as stated above, your tag will become "Available" at midnight on Oct 7. Just make sure you're logged in as you are now before you leave cell phone service. Once you kill, select the fill tag option (or whatever it's called) and it will auto-populate the carcass and horn tag number. You write that down on a piece of flagging tape and put it on your animal.
Personally, I prefer the E-Tag option. You can easily leave your tag at home, but you will never forget your phone...