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How to apply for New Mexico's 2020 guide draw

2020 New Mexico guided draw

Drawing any tag can be difficult. But, certain states have separate draws for people who plan on hunting with an outfitter. If you have plans to hunt in New Mexico this year with an outfitter and are looking for a way to improve your odds of drawing a tag... then the New Mexico guided draw might be your best solution. The deadline to apply for all species is March 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. MDT. That deadline is for the guided draw as well. You can apply online here.

So what exactly is the New Mexico guided draw?

Every year New Mexico allocates a certain number of tags that are available for residents and nonresident applicants that apply through a licensed New Mexico outfitter.

10% Special Drawing Pool in the New Mexico guide draw

New Mexico’s special drawing pool allocates up to 10% of all available big-game licenses for each hunt code. To apply in the 10% special drawing pool, a New Mexico outfitter shall execute a written contract with each special drawing pool applicant. Contracts must be signed and dated by all parties prior to application for any special drawing pool license. Note: It is unlawful for an outfitter or guide to contract with themselves or to guide themselves using a special drawing pool license. A New Mexico outfitter may release a contracted hunter-client to another New Mexico outfitter provided that the original contract was valid, in place prior to the application deadline and only if it is mutually agreed upon and signed by all parties.

Additional information

A New Mexico outfitter shall ensure that each hunter-client who obtains a license through the 10% special drawing pool is accompanied by the outfitter or their registered guide for at least two days during the contracted dates of the hunt in the area where the hunter's license is valid. Accompanied shall mean that the outfitter or their registered guide physically escort the hunter in the field during the hunter’s license hunt dates.

A hunter-client who obtains a license through the 10% special drawing pool, and chooses to hunt beyond their contracted hunt dates must carry a copy of the contract while hunting if it had not been submitted electronically to the registrar at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled hunt. As stated above, it is unlawful to hunt with a license obtained through the 10% special drawing pool without being accompanied by, and contracted with, a New Mexico Outfitter or their guide for at least two days during the hunt.

Contracts are required by law. In an effort to protect both parties, contracts must designate the terms, hunt dates, guide to hunter-client ratio and compensation charged. Contracts must be signed prior to applying in the draw or for private-land hunts, prior to hunting. Read the contract carefully before signing it. The outfitter is only legally required to provide what is in the contract.

New Mexico tag allocations

  • 84% of the tags are allocated to resident applicants
  • Nonresidents not applying with a New Mexico outfitter are limited to up to 6% of the total number of tags per hunt code
  • All applicants (residents and nonresidents) applying with a New Mexico outfitter are allocated up to 10% of the total number of tags per hunt code

Benefits of the guided draw

Draw odds can be significantly better in the New Mexico guide draw.

Draw odds example in Unit 6A for mule deer:

  • 68% draw odds in the guide draw
  • 5.3% draw odds as a resident
  • 9.0% draw odds as a nonresident

This is also one of those cases where a nonresident has better draw odds than a resident in the main draw.

If you apply in New Mexico with the mindset that when you draw, you'll use an outfitter, then the guided draw is for you. Additionally, an outfitter will be able to help you in selecting a unit that may fit your goals and objectives. The New Mexico guided draw option will help to improve your odds of drawing that coveted tag. Having a guide in your corner will also greatly improve your chances of harvesting animal that meets your expectations.

There are currently 16 goHUNT Business Members in New Mexico that are eligible for the guided draw and that list can be found here and below. Draw odds for residents and nonresidents are the same in the guide draw.

So what are your draw odds?

New Mexico guided draw odds on goHUNT

You can see the draw odds for the New Mexico Guided Draw on our standalone Draw Odds page here, then select New Mexico and then Guided.

New Mexico elk guided draw odds on goHUNT

Example of New Mexico guided draw odds for elk on INSIDER.

To make it easier, you can also click directly on the blue button below to take you directly to the guided draw odds page. You can view the draw odds several different ways. On the standalone draw odds page or on Filtering 2.0 when sorting through units.

Find your guided draw odds here

Required steps to take for applying in the guide draw

  • To apply in the 10% special guided draw pool, you need a registered New Mexico outfitter to execute a written contract with each special drawing pool applicant. Contracts must be signed and dated by all parties prior to application for any special drawing pool license.
  • Next, apply online like normal here.
  • Then once you get into the draw, select your species, and hunts, you'll need to select yes under the "Enter Outfitter Info For Outfitted Hunts Only."

Entering the New Mexico Guided Draw

  • This will open up a new section. Where you will check the box that you have a signed contract with the outfitter and you'll enter in the outfitter number.

Entering info for New Mexico guided draw

  • Next, you just need to fill out the carcass tag requirement, add to cart and check out.

Find New Mexico Outfitters here

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New Mexico Business Members in the 2020 Guided Draw

The outfitters listed below are goHUNT Business Members that we work with closely. You can contact them directly to get started on the process of applying for the New Mexico guided draw. Also, please contact the outfitters for available species for the draw.

Note: Outfitters below are listed in alphabetical order.


A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico

A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico

Bighorn taken with A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
Jordan Hall (505) 379-0509 Facebook — Instagram A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico

Beaverhead Outfitters

Beaverhead Outfitters

A great mule deer taken with Beaverhead Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
Jack Diamond (575) 772-5677 Facebook Beaverhead Outfitters

Blue Mountain Outfitters

Blue Mountain Outfitters

An awesome bull taken with Blue Mountain Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bulls they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
James Atwood (505) 864-6867 Facebook Blue Mountain Outfitters

Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC

Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC

A sample of the quality mule deer taken with Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bucks they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Robert Hines (575) 403-7222 cedarcreekhunts@yahoo.com Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC

Gold Rush Hunts

Gold Rush Hunts

A sweet typical bull elk taken with Gold Rush Hunts — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bulls they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
Taran Rogers (575) 418-8889 Facebook — Instagram Gold Rush Hunts

Graham's Guide Service

Blue Mountain Outfitters

Bull taken down with Graham's Guide Service — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bulls they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Joseph Graham (575) 937-2099 jograham@valornet.com Graham's Guide Service

JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC

JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC

An awesome antelope taken with JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bucks they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Jim Welles (505) 294-7861 jfwrc@comcast.net JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC

Kiowa Hunting Service, INC.

Kiowa Hunting Service, INC.

An ibex taken with Kiowa Hunting Service, INC. — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Tim Barraclough (575) 445-9330 tim@kiowahunting.com Kiowa Hunting Service, INC.

LOH Outfitters

Archery bull elk taken with LOH Outfitters in New Mexico

A great bull taken with LOH Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social Accounts Outfitter information
Jerry Blake (315) 374-8209 FacebookInstagram LOH Outfitters

Milligan Brand Outfitting

Milligan Brand Outfitting

A mule deer taken with Milligan Brand Outfitting — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bucks they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Ray Milligan (505) 470-1944 ray@milliganbrand.com Milligan Brand Outfitting

Rebel Ranch Outfitters

Rebel Ranch Outfitters

An awesome bull elk taken with Rebel Ranch Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of bulls they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Email Outfitter information
Mark Crump (319) 238-1501 rebelranchoutfitters@gmail.com Rebel Ranch Outfitters

Ridgeline Outfitters LLC

Ridgeline Outfitters LLC

A bull taken with Ridgeline Outfitters LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
Daniel Reyes (602) 469-1646 Facebook Ridgeline Outfitters LLC

Southwest BigGame Brokerage

Southwest Big Game Brokerage

Bull elk taken with Southwest BigGame Brokerage — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts Outfitter information
Keith & Lisa Williams (928) 242-0105 Facebook Southwest BigGame Brokerage

Wilderness Outfitters Productions, LLC

Wilderness Outfitter Productions, LLC.

Two mature oryx taken with Wilderness Outiftter Productions, LLC. — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.
Contact Phone # Social accounts   Outfitter information
Derek Martin (505) 330-9776 Facebook — Instagram   Wilderness Outfitter Productions, LLC.

Special notes

Unlike Nevada's guided draw (see more information on the 2020 Nevada nonresident mule deer guided draw here), the New Mexico guided draw allows the hunter to complete and submit the application.

Guided Draw Units on Filtering 2.0 Guided Draw - Draw Odds

The deadline to apply online is March 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). The guided draw will not only improve your odds of drawing a tag, but also your chance at having the hunt of a lifetime! A list of licensed New Mexico outfitters can be found in the goHUNT Outfitter Directory. Feel free to reach out to us, or any of our New Mexico Business Members if you have any questions. Best of luck in the 2020 draws!

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5 Comments

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 3 weeks ago on 03-08-2020 01:07:58 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Charles and Jason - The 2020 sheep and antelope app strategy went live last week: https://www.gohunt.com/read/INSIDER/application-strategy-2020-new-mexico-sheep-and-antelope

Exotic species NM app article will go live tomorrow. Then deer and elk should be a few days after that.

JASON S. - posted 3 weeks ago on 03-08-2020 11:22:38 am
goHUNT INSIDER

What Charles M said.

Charles M. - posted 4 weeks ago on 03-01-2020 01:30:05 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Where is the regular application strategy for 2020? Can't find it.

david p. - posted 1 month ago on 02-18-2020 09:13:58 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

All I can say if your putting in w outfitters is ask a lot of questions for what you want, even though they may say they are a “top notch” outfitter doesn’t mean your going to get a 1st class hunt
Enemy w one of the outfitters above 3 years ago it was a shit show for $5500 !! No horses no food tent , table,no silverware for 3 days ,cots were broken” and to boot his main guy was an Ass
Only good thing was my guide Josh! Otherwise if was a D- hunt w a Trophy outfitter that hs good reviews ☹️

michael h. - posted 1 month ago on 02-18-2020 05:18:57 pm
Tijeras, NM
goHUNT INSIDER

The fact that there are tags reserved for outfitters only, is complete garbage.