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    Call some biologists and game wardens down there and they can point you in the right direction. The MRS will also get you in the right direction. After that, it's all up to you to find a nice honeyhole.

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    If I understand this correctly for a nonresident, you have to fork over the $375 to apply? Than do you get it back if you don't draw?
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    Yep, you get most of it back. They will charge you a "handling" fee. They do the same thing for residents as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newguy220 View Post
    If I understand this correctly for a nonresident, you have to fork over the $375 to apply? Than do you get it back if you don't draw?
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    Make sure you check the box for a refund on the hunting license, if you do not draw. Otherwise they will mail it to you.
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    Here is my advice NewGuy.
    I would start by printing out the MRS for NM for the species.
    When I'm looking at a state I start by checking the percentages to see if I even have a chance at a unit.
    Obviously its a crap shoot with NM but you can get an idea what your lottery odds are.

    Then start looking at the aspects ranked by what you feel is most important.
    Public access vs private, Difficulty of terrain, % success, success on the quality of animal you want.

    You might take a really good chance to draw a green chip area over a slim chance at a Blue chip area.
    If you know you only want to hunt the best just stick to the Blue chip.
    Once you get it down to a couple of options call the biologist there and get the real skinny.

    If I were going in cold on NM I would opt for a better chance at a good bull then "if drawn" I would spend some extra time after my hunt in state scouting out other options and talking to wildlife folks.
    (That should eliminate a little competition for the silverbacks)
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    If after applying for your unit and you don't get drawn, you can probably find a land owner tag for elk, they can get a little pricey depending on the unit. The unit wide ones are what I would recommend over the private/ranch land only.
    You'll also have better odds in the guide pool vs. DIY when you apply.

 

 

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