Seasons vary by unit but options exhist for either early archery or muzzleloader in Sept./Oct. Rifle seasons will typically take place in Nov. with Jan. archery hunts also being available. These late archery hunts are a great option to extend your season on a high quality hunt.
If you are in pursuit of trophy mule deer the most critical factor is being in an area that produces trophy bucks! Northwestern New Mexico’s units 2B, 2C, 5B and 7 have a long standing track record of producing P&Y as well as B&C quality bucks. Hunters lucky enough to draw a tag can expect to hunt 160-180 class bucks with the outside chance of taking a true giant. All three units share borders with the Jicarilla Indian Reservation, one of the most renowned mule deer destinations in the world. Elevations in these units range from 4,500-8,000 ft. Landscapes will vary from broken desert hogbacks and mesas comprised of only pinon & juniper cover up to dense forests containing deep rim rock canyons. Each area has a natural beauty that can be appreciated and improve the overall hunting experience.
This outfitter lives centrally between the three units. His home location allows him to scout extensively during the summer and early fall to maximize client opportunity on the early season hunts. During the later season hunts that can be heavily influenced by the influx of migrant deer as well as the rut he and his team of guides revert to a wealth of previous knowledge that can only be acquired through years of boots on the ground experience.
Each year a limited number of licenses to hunt the best areas in N.M. are available at auction. If you wish to by pass the draw process WTA can provide assistance obtaining one of these coveted tags.
If you have questions regarding this hunt, have drawn a tag and now wish to locate the right outfitter, or would like assistance applying in the New Mexico mule deer draw- please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or email us at [email protected]
|2C 7 day 1X1 – $5,000|
|2B 7 day 1X1 – $4,800|
|2C 5 day 1X1- $5,000|
|2C 5 day 1X1- $5,000|
|5B 5 day 1X1)- $5,000|
Easy: Farm or ranch hunts from stands or blinds. Substantial use of 4x4 pickups, UTVs. Most whitetail deer hunts.
Medium: These hunts are mostly conducted on private ranches. Species include mule deer, elk, antelope, some caribou and African plains game hunts. Moderate to light hiking each day in semi-mountainous terrain.
Hard: These hunts are a true wilderness experience and are usually conducted on horseback, hunting species such as elk, moose, bear, some mountain lion and African Cape buffalo. Difficult to extreme hiking and backpacking can be involved.
Difficult: All sheep hunts, goat, most grizzly and brown bear, some mountain lion and elephant. The terrain and/or animals can involve some dangerous situations. These hunts will probably require extreme physical endurance and some athletic ability.
$150 per day to be paid directly to outfitter
Lodging consists of ample camp trailers setup near the outfitters home. Hearty meals will be served daily with sack lunches being taken to the field.
Hunter will need to fly to Albuquerque N.M., rent a vehicle and drive to camp near Aztec N.M.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.