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Hunting In New Mexico 

New Mexico’s hunting opportunities are as abundant and diverse as its terrain and habitats. Throughout our vast landscapes you will find big game hunts like bull elk, mule deer, or pronghorn; more exotic species including Persian ibex, oryx, and Barbary sheep; and upland game such as quail, Dusky grouse, several squirrel species, and pheasants. Here are just a few places across New Mexico you’ll find some great hunting opportunities. 

Visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Licenses & Permits resource where you will find everything you need to know about New Mexico’s hunting requirement, fees, and/or stamp validations (including where to find over-the-counter license vendors). You will also find references for available discounts and exceptions. 

Hunting Locations

The Lodge at Chama In New Mexico

The Lodge and Ranch at Chama – Owned by the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the award-winning Lodge and Ranch at Chama Land and Cattle Company is legendary for its big-game hunting, trout fishing, and luxurious accommodations. The 36,000-acre property offers incredible sporting opportunities backdropped by incredible scenery. The Lodge offers opportunities for private herd elk, free-range elk, bear, bison, mule deer, and Merriam Turkey hunts 

Corkins Lodge In New Mexico

Corkins Lodge – Corkins Lodge is a great base camp for hunting parties, offering an unsurpassed quality of elk hunting. Kendall Ridge Outfitters has been guiding on the Corkins Lodge property for many elk hunting seasons, focusing on the quality of the hunts, not quantity. Kendall Ridge only hunts the rut and provide guaranteed landowner tags with every hunt. They offer one bow hunt and two rifle hunts.  

Chama Wildlife In New Mexico

Mescalero Big Game Hunts – Owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, Mescalero Big Game Hunts offers several hunting options on the Mescalero Apache Reservation that will accommodate all wild game hunters. Within the sub-alpine and valley terrain, hunters can experience bull elk, cow elk, bear, and turkey hunts. 

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Acoma Big Game Hunts – the Pueblo of Acoma is rich in history and cultural traditions, and is also known internationally for its trophy elk, which are some of the largest free ranging bull elk found anywhere. Since 1995 their trophy elk program has created a premier trophy hunting area of nearly half a million acres. 

Mountain Goat In The Santa Fe Wilderness In New Mexico

Zuni Tribal Big Game Hunts – The Zuni Fish and Wildlife Department offers a variety of hunting and fishing opportunities. Hunting permits for the generable public are available for dove, waterfowl, small game, coyotes, and predator calling. Big game tags are available on ta limited basis, but the hunting opportunities are outstanding. Bow, muzzleloader, and rifle hunters will enjoy the challenge of hunting in this spectacular setting.  

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Find a directory of outfitters and guides through New Mexico Council of Outfitter and Guides

Please remember that it is your responsibility to know of any hunting restrictions and where they apply.


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From the Pages of New Mexico Magazine

Hunting for quail in Questa.

The Masked Stranger – On the hunt for the iconic Mearns quail in southwestern New Mexico.

Hunting Elk in the Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Elk Hunting Mecca – An autumn hunt in a magical landscape conjures unexpected rewards