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Preparing for the 2019 New Mexico guided draw

2019 New Mexico guided hunting draw

If you have plans to hunt New Mexico this year with an outfitter and are looking for a way to improve your odds of drawing a coveted tag... then the New Mexico guided draw might be your best solution. The deadline to apply for all species is March 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST. 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

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 15 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?

Screenshot showing New Mexico Guided Draw Odds on INSIDER

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.

Example of New Mexico guided draw odds for elk on INSIDER

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

New Mexico Business Members in the 2019 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 guided draw. Outfitters below are listed in alphabetical order. Also, please contact the outfitters for available species for the draw.


A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico

Mule deer taken with A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico

A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Jordan Hall
Phone: (505) 379-0509
Outfitter information: A3 Trophy Hunts New Mexico
Social account: Facebook — Instagram


Beaverhead Outfitters

Giant bull elk taken with Beaverhead Outfitters

Beaverhead Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Jack Diamond
Phone: (575) 722-5677
Outfitter information: Beaverhead Outfitters
Social account: Facebook


Blue Mountain Outfitters

Mule deer taken with Blue Mountain Outfitters

Blue Mountain Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: James Atwood
Phone: (505) 864-6867
Outfitter information: Blue Mountain Outfitter
Social account: Facebook


Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC

Mule deer taken with Cedar Creek Outfitters

Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Robert Hines
Phone: (575) 403-7222
Outfitter information: Cedar Creek Outfitters LLC
Social account: Facebook


Gold Rush Hunts

Bighorn sheep taken with Gold Rush Hunts

Gold Rush Hunts — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Taran Rogers
Phone: (575) 418-8889
Outfitter information: Gold Rush Hunts
Social account: FacebookInstagram


Graham's Guide Service

Bull elk taken with Grahams Guide Service

Graham's Guide Service — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Joseph Graham
Phone: (575) 937-2099
Outfitter information: Graham's Guide Service


JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC

Antelope buck taken with JFW Ranch Consulting

JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Jim Welles
Phone: (505) 294-7861
Outfitter information: JFW Ranch Consulting, LLC


Kiowa Hunting Service, INC.

Mule deer taken with Kiowa Hunting Service

Kiowa Hunting Service, INC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Tim Barraclough
Phone: (575) 445-9330
Outfitter information: Kiowa Hunting Service, INC.
Social account: Facebook


Milligan Brand Outfitting

Bull elk taken with Milligan Brand Outfitting

Milligan Brand Outfitting — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Ray Milligan
Phone: (505) 470-1944
Outfitter information: Milligan Brand Outfitting


RB Outfitters and Guides

Bull elk taken with RB Outfitters and Guides

RB Outfitters and Guides — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Ronald Schalla
Phone: (575) 756-1409
Outfitter information: RB Outfitters and Guides
Social account: Facebook


Rebel Ranch Outfitters

Archery bull elk taken with Rebel Ranch Outfitters

Rebel Ranch Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Mark Crump
Phone: (319) 238-1501
Outfitter information: Rebel Ranch Outfitters


Ridgeline Outfitters LLC

Archery bull elk taken with Ridgeline Outfitters

Ridgeline Outfitters LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Daniel Reyes
Phone: (602) 469-1646
Outfitter information: Ridgeline Outfitters LLC
Social account: Facebook


T And R Outfitting And Guide Service LLC

Bull elk taken with T and R Outfitting

T and R Outfitting And Guide Service LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Russel Ninos
Phone: (505) 215-4289
Outfitter information: T and R Outfitting And Guide Service LLC
Social account: Facebook


Top Notch Outfitters

Bull elk taken with Top Notch Outfitters

Top Notch Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Brian Newell
Phone: (575) 937-3572
Outfitter information: Top Notch Outfitters
Social account: Facebook — Instagram


Wilderness Outfitter Productions, LLC

New Mexico oryx taken with Wilderness Outfitter Productions

Wilderness Outfitter Productions, LLC — A goHUNT Business Member. For more photos of animals they have taken, check out the links below.

Contact: Derek Martin
Phone: (505) 330-9776
Outfitter information: Wilderness Outfitter Productions, LLC
Social account: Facebook — InstagramTwitter


Special notes

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

The deadline to apply online is March 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. 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 2019 draws!

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3 Comments

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Jesse V. - posted 2 months ago on 03-04-2019 12:48:43 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Jam up. Thanks Brady.

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 months ago on 03-04-2019 12:12:00 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey Jesse. Thanks for reaching out. Our writer is wrapping up New Mexico right now. I just got back NM sheep and antelope and that will go on the website first. But we will have separate application strategy articles across all species in NM.

Jesse V. - posted 2 months ago on 03-04-2019 11:48:13 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Is there going to be another article released on strategy for unguided nonresidents? Or is this the only article to be published on New Mexico elk? I’m asking because the article only really covered Guided Draw.