New Mexico Elk Landowner Tags
New Mexico Mule Deer Landowner Tags
New Mexico landowner tags are transferable to any resident or non-resident that can legally purchase a New Mexico Hunting License. This includes New Mexico Mule Deer Landowner Tags and New Mexico Elk Landowner Tags.
New Mexico Landowner Tags New Mexico Department of Game and Fish management policy is exceedingly generous to landowners. New Mexico landowner vouchers sell for as much as $5,000 for quality unit deer tags and $10,000 for quality unit bull elk tags. This income from New Mexico's wildlife is in addition to normal private property access charges hunters pay to hunt private lands or simply to gain access to public lands otherwise landlocked by private lands.
Things you need to know about New Mexico Landowner Tags: Elk, Mule Deer, Antelope
A tag holder or owner still must purchase a valid New Mexico Hunting License from the state by redeeming the voucher you receive from the landowner.
Ranch only vouchers are good only on the ranch imprinted on your license. A voucher does not give the person permission to hunt private land and permission should be received in writing or by obtaining a private landowner trespass card issued by the landowner. (These cards are provided to the landowner by the state of New Mexico and are then issued to individuals by the landowners) and they are typically valid for 1 season only.
Private land only vouchers:
All landowner tags or landowner vouchers are NOT valid in the entire unit. Some of them are good for the "Ranch Only" that they were issued to. Unit wide landowner tags or landowner vouchers are the most common but you need to make certain they are unit wide before you purchase them.
Unit wide New Mexico landowner tags: Most are unit wide but be absolutely certain before buying these tags some are ranch only vouchers.
Landowner Allocation: New Mexico Landowners receive up to 15% of licenses in units that are totally limited for all rifle seasons as compensation for providing wildlife habitat.
New Mexico Landowner Tags for elk hunting in units 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 6c, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16a, 16b, 16c, 16d, 16e,51, 52, 55 and any other unit where the state issues elk landowner tags. The state of New Mexico has 2 types of land owner vouchers the private ranch only (good only on the ranch listed on the tag) or unit wide tags that are usually weapon specific and allow a hunter to hunt on any unposted land or any private ranch in the same unit that also received landowner tags during the same year for the same species. Please check with New Mexico Game and Fish Department to insure you are hunting in the proper place. Unit maps are available here along with a forum to assist in getting information. A hunter must still purchase a New Mexico hunting license for that species and the correct season prior to hunting with a New Mexico landowner tag for elk or any other species.
New Mexico landowner tags are basically issued to ranch owners or land owners that receive a tag for crop damage or property damage such as fences from state owned game or wildlife such as elk, mule deer, whitetail deer or antelope. The New Mexico Game & Fish utilizes a system that re-pays with New Mexico landowner tags for the amount of damage they deem wildlife has done to the ranches fences, crops or water sources. The more landowner vouchers a ranch receives the more land they own and or the more New Mexico big game utilizes that particular piece of land. Unit 15, 16A, 36, 34, 16D, 13, 17 16E, 16C, 16B, 6A and a host of other units are good hunting with the aforementioned being the top trophy units in the state. The Gila Mountain units of 15, 16 a, 16 b, 16 c, 16 d and 16 e consistenly produce monster bull elk.