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New Mexico Antelope Hunting 2024

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New Mexico is a state that doesn’t produce the numbers, but it shines bright with the quality of antelope. The state continues to produce 80-82"+ bucks with a few true giants thrown in the mix each year, but it is getting harder and harder to find those giants. If you’re looking for a Boone and Crockett record book antelope, New Mexico should still be on your list to hunt. The changes the state made in 2023 with season dates will also be in effect for 2024. The first and second hunts seemed to be the better ones for the trophy bucks, but a few really nice bucks were harvested on the last hunt as well. With the later hunt dates, you should see a little better rut activity. Also, if you plan on hunting private land, the bucks will have a little time to settle back down after hunters chase them on the archery and first rifle hunts. It’s important to be aware of the changes that happened in 2023 with muzzleloaders. Scopes are still not allowed on muzzleloaders in New Mexico for 2024. A few very good units do offer muzzleloader antelope hunts, so be sure to verify hunt codes before applying.

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New Mexico will again be issuing unlimited antelope private land tags. For those who are willing to hire an outfitter that has access to private ground, this is a great option if unsuccessful in the draw. However, don’t wait until draw results are out before contacting an outfitter because most of them will be completely booked already. If you obtain access to hunt antelope on a private ranch in New Mexico, you can then purchase a private land antelope license, which is available over-the-counter from a Game and Fish office or a license vendor. This license will only be valid on the private deeded land of the landowner who has granted permission. In addition to a valid private land antelope license and carcass/horn tag, hunters must have and carry with them written permission from the landowner. The private land antelope tag is valid on any private land within the hunting unit that you can obtain access to during the corresponding season.

For the self-guided hunter, most tags have poor draw odds, but if you are lucky enough to draw a tag, you should have a good hunt. The best odds and the most tags available are for the archery season. On archery hunts, a lot of hunters like to sit water in desert country. This works well if it stays dry, but thunderstorms are not uncommon during archery season. Don’t be afraid to switch gears and look for broken country that is more conducive for spot and stalk hunting. All draw licenses are valid on public land and private land with written permission within the game management units.



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With the low hunt permit quotas associated with New Mexico’s antelope, we recommend you not apply as a party to increase your odds of drawing a tag. Also, make sure that the quota in the unit you are applying for offers enough licenses for you to be drawn. A nonresident applying unattached to an outfitter will not be eligible to be drawn for a hunt with a license quota of 12 or less. If you need a quality outfitter to apply with for antelope in New Mexico, give us a call.

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Application Dates for Antelope in New Mexico

The New Mexico Big Game Application deadline is March 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM MDT.

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New Mexico Non-Resident Antelope Hunting Fees

Licenses & Permits Fee
Adult Game Hunting License (non-refundable) $65
Junior Game Hunting License (non-refundable) $15
Antelope License $283
Habitat Management and Access Validation (required) $4
Habitat Stamp (if purchased on or after April 1st) (required by all who hunt BLM or USFS land) $10
License fees include a non-refundable application fee for each species. $13


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