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New Mexico Deer and Elk Application Strategy — Q&A Video

Trail (research wizard) Kreitzer answers questions we received from the comments on our Instagram post about the New Mexico deer and elk application. For even more information, be sure to check out our 2018 New Mexico elk application strategy article and mule deer application strategy article

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Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 03-26-2018 12:00:36 pm
goHUNT Team

@ Casey J.

Unfortunately no New Mexico does not offer an amendment/change option, sorry! You could try to call their main office to see if they would allow or help you out with that but I am skeptical. You can delete your application, but I don't believe you can amend it. Best of luck!

Casey J. - posted 1 year ago on 03-24-2018 07:32:44 am

Does NM have a amendment/change date? I Applied and was thinking about changing around my 3rd choice. I know other states do, can’t find anything about NM. Thanks

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 03-21-2018 08:10:36 am
goHUNT Team

@ Gil B.

So you get 3 choices and you can mix and match those. For example you could apply for a hard to draw rifle tag as a 1st choice, a better odds muzzleloader hunt as a 2nd choice and good odds archery hunt as a 3rd choice. Each hunt has a predetermined permit quota. When the draw starts, each application is assigned a random number, then they will start with the lowest generated random number/application and start allocating tags. When you application gets pulled they try to allocate your 1st choice, if the permit quota for that hunt has already been given out they move to your next choice. They do the same thing for your 2nd and 3rd choice and if all the permits for the hunts you selected have been previously allocate then you won't draw and they move to the next applicant.

With all that, use the draw odds to select the hunts that best meet your objectives. Typically archery odds are better than rifle hunts because can be tougher hunts. Stagger your choices, best hunt (worst odds) 1st choice to better hunt (decent odds) 2nd choice to decent hunt (best odds) 3rd choice. Hope that helps, best of luck in the draw!

Hello T. - posted 1 year ago on 03-20-2018 04:53:07 pm
San Francisco, CA

Great video! Question. I'm considering becoming a bowhunter in addition to rifle hunting. When I apply for tags is archery considered completely different from rifle? By this I mean, are my applications for archery tags treated independent of rifle as though I'm two applicants therefore improving my odds? Or, do I simply apply for my first second and third choice, which could be a mix of archery and rifle? Best, and keep up the great work!