New Mexico has always produced giant antelope bucks. Great genetics along with good management has put a lot of bucks into the Boone and Crockett record book. The 2021 season was really good with a number of 82-8511 bucks taken. With the moisture that New Mexico is getting, we are expecting 2022 to be another good year.
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New Mexico will again be issuing unlimited antelope private land tags. For those willing to hire an outfitter that has access to private ground, this is a great option if unsuccessful in the draw. If you obtain access to hunt antelope on a private ranch in New Mexico, you can then purchase a private land antelope license 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 for during the corresponding season.
If you look at the antelope regulations on page 84 of the 2022-2023 New Mexico Rules and Information, you will see the unit hunt codes and season dates. Most units will have multiple hunts available, which will include an archery hunt and up to three rifle hunts. The archery season dates are August 4-12, and the three rifle hunts are August 13-15, 20-22, and 23-25. After you get permission on a ranch, you will select which season and weapon you want and then purchase the tag.
**Season dates vary by zone and take method. For more information, visit the New Mexico Department Game & Fish website.
We have added some new units to our table this year. 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 on 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 lands 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 non-resident 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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The New Mexico Big Game Application deadline is March 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM MDT.
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|Licenses & Permits||Fee|
|Adult Game Hunting License (non-refundable)||$65|
|Junior Game Hunting License (non-refundable)||$15|
|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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