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NM E-tag
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Contributors to this thread:
Bake 10-Aug-23
Bake 10-Aug-23
Bake 10-Aug-23
Bake 10-Aug-23
huntabsarokee 10-Aug-23
smarba 10-Aug-23
Sivart 10-Aug-23
butcherboy 10-Aug-23
JSW 10-Aug-23
HDE 10-Aug-23
arob 27-Sep-23
JohnMC 27-Sep-23
Oryx35 27-Sep-23
Buckdeer 28-Sep-23
midwest 28-Sep-23
t-roy 28-Sep-23
Bake 28-Sep-23
arob 29-Sep-23
Bake 29-Sep-23
arob 29-Sep-23
Bake 29-Sep-23
arob 02-Oct-23
From: Bake
10-Aug-23
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

From: Bake
10-Aug-23

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From: Bake
10-Aug-23

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10-Aug-23

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10-Aug-23
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.

From: smarba
10-Aug-23
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...

From: Sivart
10-Aug-23
I agree.

From: butcherboy
10-Aug-23
I’m right there with ya Carl!

From: JSW
10-Aug-23
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.

From: HDE
10-Aug-23
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...

From: arob
27-Sep-23
I have the same hunt and was wondering the same thing! What if we dont have internet? I googled "NM Etag" and your question was the first relevant post. What are the odds that one of the other 17 hunters (we have 3) with a tag would have the same question???

From: JohnMC
27-Sep-23
I don't love e-anything but one thing good I see about them if you have to electronically check your kill the state has a much better data on success rates and number of animals killed.

From: Oryx35
27-Sep-23
I'm with Carl. Having to physically tag the animal defeats the purpose of e-tag. They can continue to print my tags.

John, it probably helps some with data collection, but NM has mandatory harvest reporting that is enforced with the ability to draw, or not, future tags. I imagine that gives them pretty solid stats. I'm always surprised when states don't require reporting.

From: Buckdeer
28-Sep-23
Really are you just bragging that you have a tag? Good luck sorry I can't help.We used to have to wait until we got stopped in NM and game warden would write our permit down on a business card then we would have our permit when we got home.

From: midwest
28-Sep-23
Dammit, Blane! Every time I've forgotten you drew that tag, you post something about it and my jealousy rears its ugly head again!!

J/K buddy. I'm super excited to hear how your hunt goes!

From: t-roy
28-Sep-23
Hopefully that horseshoe doesn’t start festering, Blane ;-)

I’m with Nick. Looking forward to the hunt report!

From: Bake
28-Sep-23
Getting close now. Getting stoked. Need to get caught up and have one trial next week then I’m on the road

29-Sep-23
Heck yeah. Enjoy it

From: arob
29-Sep-23
Bake, which campground do you plan on staying in?

From: Bake
29-Sep-23
I will probably stay in Cimarron if I don't pack in and camp. Unfortunately I have let my physical conditioning slip, so I don't know that I'm going to be down for 2-3 mile hikes in every morning. I have been meaning to call and see about a reservation, but I've been swamped and haven't gotten around to it yet. I did some internet sleuthing but could never figure out how to reserve a campsite online.

I'm taking a bigger tent and cot and some bare essential camp gear if I stay at the campground, but I'm also taking a pack with the essentials to pack in and set up a spartan spike camp. I have some leads that are a couple miles in, so we'll see. . . .

Where are you planning to stay?

From: arob
29-Sep-23
We are going to stay in Cimmaron campground. There will 5 of us going, 3 tags and 2 guests and vary in age and condition. I may spike in for a night or two. I believe, somebody correct me if I'm wrong, the campgrounds are first come first serve during this time. Also, I spoke with US Forrest guy and they may be doing a prescribed burn at the McCrystal cg during or just before our hunt... just fyi

From: Bake
29-Sep-23
Awesome! Thanks for the info! I'll make the rounds and try to look you up! I may be rolling in around 6 a.m. on the 7th :) I'm hoping to be there the morning of the 6th, but I got a work thing and may have to drive all night the night before. . . .

From: arob
02-Oct-23
Good luck! Also, you might look into getting a bear tag as well. Bear hunting is limited to people with an elk or deer tag, which is not very many. There are a lot of bears there, so if it interests you, take advantage.

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