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Mule deer are arguably one of the most sought-after species of the west. Fortunately for you, New Mexico mule deer hunting benefits by the existence of two different sub species; the Rocky Mountain mule deer in the northern half of the state, and the desert mule deer in the southern half of the state. Westward expansion in the early 1900s contributed to the decline in mule deer habit and migration routes resulting in a mule deer population with approximately 40,000 animals. However, it was not until improved population management efforts applied by state and federal agencies was changed affected. Additionally, strong leadership support from organizations and volunteer programs like the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has also made restoring habitat and predator control improvements possible. As a result, a growing and properly managed mule deer population helps make New Mexico a prime state for mule deer hunting. This is a 2:1 fully guided 5-day hunt. Option to upgrade to a 1:1 hunt or to select a private land hunt. The application period for big game species in New Mexico typically opens early in the year (January) and closes sometime in early to mid-March.
- Species: Mule Deer
- Average Classification: 140 - 170
- Shot Opportunity: 90
- Weapons: Rifle, Muzzleloader, Archery
- Hunt Catalog #: RB19783-03
- Tag Availability: Draw And Landowner Voucher
Mature bucks are targeted for this hunt. This is NOT a trophy deer hunt. Standard deer license fees will apply.
Rifle shots range from 100-500 yards and archery from 40-100 yards.
Outfitter Provided Muzzleloader
Landowner Voucher Deposit
Private Land Hunt
October 01, 2022 - January 01, 2024
- Member Price: $4,949.00
- Non-Member Price: $5,500.00
Hunt does not include license and tags or New Mexico Tax. License not included in the hunt price. An annual game hunting license (appx. $65) and habitat stamp (appx. $10) are required when applying. New Mexico does require that species license fees be paid up front, in which case a deer license will be about $283. If not drawn, only the species license fee will be refunded; the annual license costs and application fee (appx. $15) are nonrefundable. If purchasing the OTC/private only deer license for voucher hunts, the cost is about $270. This is in addition to the annual license costs, and application fees may still apply. New Mexico does not operate on a points system, so points will not be awarded if not drawn.
Option for a 1:1 hunt. Option for an additional hunting day. Option for a non-hunter. Option to use an outfitter provided muzzleloader. Option for a voucher deposit. Option for a private land hunt.
Central, New Mexico, United States of America
Deposits are not refundable. When you make a deposit or payment that money is used to reserve your adventure dates and we cannot sell them to anyone else. If for some reason you have to cancel, you will lose your deposit and any payments you have made. If you are concerned that you might get sick or otherwise have to cancel, we suggest buying trip insurance. There are insurance companies that specialize in providing insurance policies for outfitter bookings and hunts. One such company we recommend is globalrescue.com. It is also our policy, depending on the adventure you booked and at our discretion, that if you have to cancel and we are able to book a replacement for you at the regular price we will work with you to apply your deposits to another adventure. Please note that we cannot refund or roll state or government license fees, application fees, draw results, or tags.
Four distinct hunting seasons define New Mexico mule deer hunting. First, is the archery-only hunt in early September. This provides opportunities for harvesting mule deer still in velvet. Second is the late October muzzleloader season. Third is the early November start of rifle season. Finally, the last season includes an additional January archery rut hunt. Hunters choosing this outfitter have the option to choose either a draw hunt or private ranch hunts. Either option can lead to a successful hunt and working with an outfitter can be much easier obtaining the type and location of hunt your are seeking. This is a 2:1 fully guided 5 day hunt. Option to upgrade to a 1:1 hunt.
HuntX Scale (Low 1 - 5 High)
- Lodging & Accommodations: Wall Tent?
Lodging & Accommodations Scale
5 - Cabin/Lodge
4 - Bunk House/Trailer
3 - Wall Tent
2 - Backpack Tent
1 - Client Provided/Hotel
This outfitter has a main lodge for those who enjoy a little privacy with their own room and shower/bathroom. These private suites are available at $100 a night. And include satellite tv and your own private get away. This is a great choice if hunter wants to bring their wife along. Enjoy an authentic Southwest meal at the main lodge with other hunters. After a long day in the woods it feels great to kick your feet up and swap stories with other hunters and create new friendships underneath the stars of New Mexico. All lodging is a short walking distance of the main lodge. On the property we the outfitter has an archery range available and a 700 yard private gun range. Hunter can use the range to sight in their rifle before starting the hunt. There are walk-in coolers available for $20 a night. This is a great way to hang a buck before taking it to a meat processor or heading back home. With all of the lodging accommodations meals are always the same and sure to give an amazing taste of what New Mexico food is all about. The outfitter has a few options for lodging and accommodations for the hunters that want to experience the wall tent atmosphere. They have wall tents on elevated platforms with wood stove heat, electric ran to them to charge electrical devices. They are outfitted with 4-full size beds with plenty of room for gear. A cabin is available that is outfitted with 4-full size beds plenty of room for gear and power ran with several electrical outlets to charge phones cameras etc.
- Menu & Food: Field Kitchen?
Menu & Food Scale
5 - 5 Star Catered
4 - Full Kitchen
3 - Field Kitchen
2 - Backpack Food
1 - Client Provided
Note: We do prepare our delicious food a little on the spicy side so if you have a problem with that we ask that you please let us know ahead of time so that we can help you enjoy your meal all the more. Based on the kind of hunt booked (wall tent or lodge) depending on the unit drawn, the outfitter will supply a full kitchen or field kitchen for meals.
- Physical Conditions: Heavy Hiking?
Physical Conditions Scale:
5 - All Vehicle Access
4 - Light Hiking
3 - Moderate Hiking
2 - Heavy Hiking
1 - Extreme Back Country
Different units will require more hiking than others. Hunter will need to be prepared for their hunt as better physical ability provides better shot opportunity. This outfitter does operate in units that require less hiking (but often harder to draw) so those units can be selected during the application process if desired.
Transportation (To/From Basecamp)
Whether driving or flying, we recommend that you arrive a day or two before your hunt, in order to make sure hunter is ready for the first day of the hunt. Hunter is responsible for your transportation to and from Albuquerque International Airport, It is a good idea to rent a truck or SUV for the roads you’ll be traveling. Outfitter will meet hunters at their home base bed and breakfast before the hunt starts.
- Lodging & Accommodations
- Menu & Food
- Physical Conditions
September season can be cool at night and early morning , around 35 – 60 degrees, warming during the day ranging between 50 – 80 degrees. This outfitter wears extremely lightweight/breathable camo and layer over top with a vest or jacket for cool mornings, then shed layers before getting warm and sweaty to reduce scent. October gun season can be cold sometimes freezing at night and early morning, around 30 – 50 degrees, warming during the day, ranging between 50 – 70 degrees. This outfitter wears lightweight/breathable camo and dress in layers as it can be cold in the morning but warm up quickly during the day.** Rain is possible ** GORE-TEX is a good idea to have. Conditions can also be dry and dusty. Full gear list to be provided if requested when booked. This outfitter will field dress the meat and have close connections with a local processor and taxidermist but hunters are required to pay for their own processing, shipping of meat, taxidermy, cape, and antlers. Plan on $200 – $400 for meat processing and shipping and $250 – $1,000 for mounts and taxidermy. Full gear list to be provided if requested when booked.
What Outfitter Provides
- Landowner Voucher (if deposit is made)
- Field Transportation
- Expert Guide Service
- Long Range Muzzleloader (if selected as option add on)
- Lodging-based on unit drawn will determine if its a wall tent or lodge
What to Bring
- Cooler for Meat Transportation
- Binoculars & Rangefinder
- Durable & Comfortable Hiking Boots
- Sleeping Bag-if wall tent lodging is required or requested
- Rain Gear
- Day Pack
- Rifle or Muzzleloader with 40 rounds of ammunition or Bow with extra assorted parts (e.g, string, clips, etc.) with 2 Dozen Hunting Arrows
- 20 Quart Badlands Cooler
- Big Frig 45 Quart Badlands Cooler
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- South Dakota Shooting Academy I
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