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    Non-resident Antelope

    How many years do you typically have to put in?

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    no preference points in NM, so I'm sure the statistics are all over the board. I'm sure a lot of it depends on the unit though. With lots of private land and good quality goats I'm assuming it may take several years.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
    Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)

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    You can find the stats here:
    http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recr...ting/index.htm
    It really depends but doing some quick excel work adding the total # of applicants in the NR pool and NR pool with an outfitter and dividing those total by the total # of applicant it averages about 10% if you go alone or 18% with an outfitter. Now that varies by hunt from 0% to 100%.

    If you want to kill a trophy buck NM is the place to do it but you probably want to go with an outfitter. Most of the rifle hunts get you assigned to a ranch in the unit. You get 2 scouting days and 3 days to hunt. I will tell you that some ranchers also get landowner tags or lease their property to outfitters. If joe schmo in the regular draw get assigned to a ranch that also has paying clients, who's going to get the better treatment?

    Some of the muzzle and bow hunts get public land but the rifle hunts are different. Heres the section in the proc:
    http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/publ...19Antelope.pdf

    All that being said the success rates are very good:
    http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recr...ata-Public.pdf

    If you have specific question let me know. Bottom line is in NM its all luck of the draw and you won't draw if you don't put in.

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    I drew a nonresident public draw antelope tag in my first year of applying in NM (2013). I recall that I had about a 6% chance of drawing for the unit I applied for. I got lucky and drew a tag. I was assigned to a ranch that had an outfitter working the ranch with elk and antelope hunters. The ranch manager was very accommodating and helpful to me and the other public draw hunters. As a public draw hunter, you have access to the entire ranch for your hunt. I never felt that I was being pushed out of the way by the outfitter or the ranch manager. It was a very good experience and a great hunt. The only drawback is the short timeframe to scout. But I had no problem in filling my tag early on the first morning of the hunt with a nice buck. I hope to draw another NM tag sometime.

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    Glad you had a good experience. I've only drawn one tag in 25 years and it was a bow tag. So I hunted public.

    My dad drew a rifle tag a few years back and killed a small buck on his second day. The ranch he was on had paying clients and he felt he was pushed around and at one point told where to hunt by one of the guides.

    I think as long as you make clear you know the rules (access to all public leased and private lands within the ranch) there's typically enough room to spread out.

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    Shot this goat last week in Cheyenne, it was my first Antelope. We all had a blast, I think they are so majestic, I want a big buck badly lol (who doesn't) I have a good nest egg of points built up here in AZ. THANK YOU so much for all of your feedback tho.

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    Nothing wrong with that one!
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