TITLE 19             NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE

CHAPTER 31     HUNTING AND FISHING

PART 14               ELK

 

19.31.14.1             ISSUING AGENCY:  New Mexico department of game and fish.

[19.31.14.1 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.1 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.2             SCOPE:  Sportspersons interested in elk management and hunting.  Additional requirements may be found in Chapter 17, NMSA 1978, and Chapters 30, 31, 32 and 33 of Title 19 NMAC.

[19.31.14.2 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.2 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.3             STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  17-1-14 and 17-1-26 NMSA 1978 provide that the New Mexico state game commission has the authority to establish rules and regulations that it may deem necessary to carry out the purpose of Chapter 17 NMSA 1978 and all other acts pertaining to protected mammals, birds, and fish.

[19.31.14.3 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.3 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.4             DURATION:  April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2023.

[19.31.14.4 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.4 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.5             EFFECTIVE DATE:  April 1, 2019, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[19.31.14.5 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.5 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.6             OBJECTIVE:  Establishing open hunting seasons and basic regulation, rules, and procedures governing the issuance of special elk permits and licenses by the department.

[19.31.14.6 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.6 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.7             DEFINITIONS:

                A.            “Antlerless elk” or “A” shall mean any one elk without antlers.

                B.            “Antler point restricted elk” or “APRE/6” shall mean any antler point restricted bull elk with a minimum of six visible antler points on one side.  A brow tine or eye guard constitutes a point; a burr at the base does not.

                C.            “Department” shall mean the New Mexico department of game and fish.

                D.            “Director” shall mean the director of the New Mexico department of game and fish.

                E.            “Elk” as used herein, shall mean any wild cervid of the genus Cervus.

                F.            “Elk enhancement program” and “special elk permits” as used herein, shall mean the department activity that allows the issuance of not more than two permits for the taking of one bull elk per permit, with the purpose of raising funds for programs and projects to benefit elk.

                G.            “Elk region” shall mean a portion of the state designated by the department to administer elk management activities.  An elk region describes an assemblage of one or more herd units and encompasses one or more GMUs.

                H.            “Either sex” or “ES” shall mean any one elk.

                I.             “Game management unit” or “GMU” shall mean those areas as described in 19.30.4 NMAC Boundary Descriptions for Game Management Units.

                J.             “High demand hunt” shall mean a special draw hunt where the total number of non-resident applicants for an elk hunt exceeds twenty-two percent of the total applicants based on data for the two immediately preceding years.

                K.            “Mature bull” or “MB” shall mean a male elk with at least one brow tine extending six or more inches from the main beam or at least one forked antler with both branches six or more inches long.

L.            “Primary management zone” shall mean designated areas of the state upon which elk management goals and subsequent harvest objectives are based.

                M.           “Private land authorization” shall mean the document generated by the department and issued to a private landowner that authorizes the holder to purchase a specified license to hunt elk.

                N.            “Quality hunt” shall mean a hunt designed to provide a hunter with an opportunity to achieve one or more of the following: an enhanced experience based on timing and length of hunt season; lower hunter density; or an increased opportunity for success.

                O.            “Secondary management zone” shall mean areas of the state that are not part of the primary management zone or special management zone.

                P.            “Special Management Zone” shall mean  areas of the state not within the primary management zone or secondary management zone and where private land authorization issuance includes eligibility requirements or restrictions.

                Q.            “To be determined” or “TBD” shall mean the details of a hunt will be provided to the hunter as designated by the director.

                R.            “Web sale” shall refer to accessing the department’s internet address to initiate the process to purchase specific elk hunting licenses as designated by the director annually.

                S.             “Wildlife management area” or “WMA” shall mean those areas as described in 19.34.5 NMAC Wildlife Management Areas.

 [19.31.14.7 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.7 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.8             ADJUSTMENT OF LICENSES, PERMITS, AND AUTHORIZATIONS:  The director, with the verbal concurrence of the chairperson or their designee, may adjust the number of licenses, permits, or authorizations, up or down by no more than twenty percent to address significant changes in population levels or to address critical department management needs (exception: GMU 34, elk licenses and authorizations may be adjusted beyond this amount as necessary to meet management objectives).  This adjustment may be applied to any or all permits, authorizations, or licenses for elk in a specific GMU or designated area.

[19.31.14.8 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.8 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.9             ELK LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS:

                A.            Validity of license or permit:  In the primary management zones, except GMUs 4 and 5A, private land “ranch only” (as defined in 19.30.5 NMAC) elk licenses shall not be valid on any other private lands.  In GMUs 4, 5A, secondary and special management zones, private land licenses are valid on any other private lands within the GMU and the same zone designation only if accompanied by written permission.

                B.            Valle Vidal elk once-in-a-lifetime hunts:  No person shall apply for a license to hunt bull elk on the Valle Vidal (as described in 19.30.4. NMAC) if he or she has held a license since 1983 allowing them to take a bull elk on the Valle Vidal.  Persons that have held a youth-only license may apply for non-youth only licenses as long as they are eligible.  No person shall apply for a license to hunt antlerless elk on the Valle Vidal if he or she has held a license since 1983 allowing them to take an antlerless elk on the Valle Vidal.  Persons that have held a youth-only antlerless license may apply for non-youth only antlerless licenses as long as they are eligible.  Either sex (ES) or mature bull/antlerless (MB/A) shall be considered as a “bull elk” license, and shall not be considered as an “antlerless” license for this restriction.  Persons who have held a Valle Vidal elk license through any incentive program are exempt from this restriction.

[19.31.14.9 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.9 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.10          CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE:  The director has the authority to designate possession criteria to any elk hunter where chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a concern.  It is unlawful to transport dead elk, or their parts, taken from any GMU or area identified by the director in which the presence of, or possibility of, exposure to chronic wasting disease has been identified, to any location outside that GMU, except for the following:

                A.            meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);

                B.            quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

                C.            meat that has been boned out;

                D.            hides with no heads attached;

                E.            clean skull plates with antlers attached; clean is defined as having been immersed in a bath of at least one part chlorine bleach and two parts water with no meat or tissue attached;

                F.            antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

                G.            upper canine teeth, also known as “ivories”;

                H.            finished taxidermied heads;

                I.             or by prior arrangement to a department office.

[19.31.14.11 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.10 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.11          QUALITY ELK HUNTS:  Quality hunts for elk are as follows:

                A.            all Valle Vidal hunts;

                B.            first three mature bull hunts and both bow hunts on the Sargent WMA as follows: ELK-1-136, ELK-1-137, ELK-1-138, ELK-2-134 and ELK-2-135;

                C.            any elk hunt in GMUs 13, 15, 16 and 17, including all sub-units, except antlerless or youth only hunts, that are closest to the rut period of September 15 to October 15 for each weapon type as follows: ELK-2-224, ELK-3-226, ELK-2-232, ELK-3-234, ELK-2-240, ELK-1-242, ELK-2-247, ELK-1-248, ELK-1-249, ELK-2-252, ELK-1-254, ELK-2-259, ELK-1-261, ELK-2-266, ELK-3-268, ELK-2-273, and ELK-3-275

                D.            the mobility impaired elk hunts in GMUs 16A and 16D as follows: ELK-1-241 and ELK-1-260;

                E.            all GMU 6B hunts that allow the hunter to take an antlered bull;

                F.            quality hunt fees in Subsections C and D above shall apply to the conversion of any mature bull or either sex, except youth only, private land authorizations that include any hunt dates from September 15 through October 15 for private lands that lie within the primary management zone.

[19.31.14.12 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.11 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.12          SPECIAL ELK HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:

                A.            Elk enhancement program:

                                (1)           Program description:  The director of the department shall collect all proceeds generated through the auction and lottery of special bull elk permits, and such monies shall be deposited in the game protection fund.  These monies shall be made available for expenditure by the department solely for programs and projects to benefit elk and for direct costs incurred in carrying out these programs.  These monies shall be used to augment, and not replace, monies appropriated from existing funds available to the department for the conservation, restoration, utilization, and management of elk.

                                (2)           Requirements for issuance of special elk permits:

                                                (a)           The state game commission shall authorize the director of the department to issue not more than two special elk permits in any one license year to take one bull elk per permit.  The director shall allow the sale of one permit through auction to the highest bidder and one permit to a person selected through a random drawing of a lottery ticket by the department or an incorporated, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of elk.

                                                (b)           Unless their hunting privileges have been revoked pursuant to law, any person is eligible to submit a bid for the special elk auction permit or purchase lottery tickets in an attempt to be selected for the special elk lottery permit.

                                                (c)           The special elk permits issued through auction and lottery may be transferred, through sale, barter or gift by the successful individuals to only other individuals qualified to hunt.

                                                (d)           Special elk permits granted through auction or lottery, as described above, shall not be considered ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ permits.

                                (3)           Enhancement hunts:  Elk enhancement licenses shall be valid from September 1 through January 31 for any legal sporting arms.  These licenses shall be valid statewide where hunting is allowed. Bag limit shall be one bull elk.  The authorization to obtain an elk enhancement license may be used either by the applicant or any individual. 

                B.            Elk incentive programs:  The director may annually allow up to two elk authorizations to be issued for deer and elk hunters submitting their legally harvested animal for CWD testing.  Authorizations to purchase an incentive license may be used either by the applicant or any individual.  The authorization may be transferred through sale, barter or gift.  Elk incentive hunts shall be valid only for the dates, legal sporting arms, bag limit and area specified by the director.

                C.            Encouragement hunts:

                                (1)           Only resident youth hunters as defined by 19.31.3 NMAC who have successfully fulfilled all application requirements and responsibilities for draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, Barbary sheep or bighorn sheep in the current license year and were unsuccessful in drawing any licenses will be eligible to apply for licenses for these hunts for 14 days on the department website.  Licenses remaining after 14 days shall be available to eligible resident seniors (65 years and older) who have successfully fulfilled all application requirements and responsibilities for draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, Barbary sheep or bighorn sheep in the current license year and were unsuccessful in drawing any licenses.

                                (2)           The director, with concurrence of the chairperson of the state game commission, may adjust the number of licenses available in all encouragement hunts listed below based on management objectives.

                                (3)           These hunts will be administered by the department through a web sale, rather than the random draw process.  The open GMUs, hunt dates, hunt codes, number of licenses and bag limits shall be as indicated below:

 

open GMUs or areas 

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

hunt code

licenses

bag limit

5B

11/29 -12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-501

20

A

6A

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-502

50

A

6A

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-503

50

A

6C

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-504

50

A

6C

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-505

50

A

10

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-506

35

A

13

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-3-507

60

A

13

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-3-508

60

A

15

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-3-509

75

A

15

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-3-510

75

A

16A

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-511

75

A

16A

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-512

75

A

16C

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-513

75

A

16C

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-514

75

A

16D

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-515

75

A

16D

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-516

75

A

16E

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-517

75

A

16E

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-518

75

A

17

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-3-519

60

A

17

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-3-520

60

A

34

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-521

80

A

36

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-522

60

A

36

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-523

60

A

49

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-524

50

A

50

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-525

60

A

51

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-526

75

A

51

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-527

75

A

52

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-528

50

A

53

11/29-12/3

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

11/25-11/29

ELK-1-529

60

A

53

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

12/26-12/30

ELK-1-530

60

A

E.            Premium hunt opportunity:  One premium elk hunt will be issued each license year through the draw.  The hunt area will be statewide on any public land open to hunting, including wildlife management areas and private land with written permission.

open GMUs or areas

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

hunt code

licenses

bag limit

statewide

9/1/2019-1/31/2020

9/1/2020-1/31/2021

9/1/2021-1/31/2022

9/1/2022-1/31/2023

ELK-1-700

1

MB

[19.31.14.13 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.12 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.13          POPULATION MANAGEMENT HUNTS:

                A.            The director or their designee may authorize population management hunts for elk when justified in writing by department personnel.

                B.            The director or their designee shall designate the legal sporting arms, season dates, season lengths, bag limits, hunt boundaries, specific requirements or restrictions, and number of licenses to be issued. 

                C.            In the event that an applicant is not able to hunt on the dates specified, the applicant’s name shall be moved to the bottom of the list and another applicant may be contacted for the hunt.

                D.            In those instances where a population management hunt is warranted on deeded private lands, the landowner may suggest eligible hunters of their choice by submitting a list of prospective hunter’s names to the department for licensing consideration.  No more than one-half of the total number of licenses authorized shall be available to landowner identified hunters.  The balance of prospective hunters shall be identified by the department.

[19.31.14.14 NMAC - Rp, 19.31.14.13 NMAC, 4-1-2019]

 

19.31.14.14          ELK HUNTS IN PRIMARY MANAGEMENT ZONES:  This section lists elk management information and subsequent hunting opportunities for GMUs in elk regions where a primary management zone has been established.  The listed information includes regional elk population information, management goals, harvest objectives, total number of hunting opportunities, GMUs or areas open for hunting, season dates, hunt codes, bag limits, legal sporting arms, number of licenses available in the public draw and the number and type of authorizations available for private lands within the primary management zone of each GMU.

                A.            Elk management goals:

                                (1)           Quality hunt management (QHM):

                                                (a)           Elk harvest in regional populations, herd units or GMUs within a region results in the trend of annual bull mortality rates to be below thirty-five percent.

                                                (b)           Seasons should be designed to ensure timing and length of hunts are desirable.

                                                (c)           At least two-thirds of all hunters are “satisfied” with the experience.

                                (2)           Optimal opportunity management (OOM):

                                                (a)           Elk harvest in regional populations, herd units or GMUs within a region results in the trend of annual bull mortality rates to be below forty-five percent and harvest near optimal sustainable yield.

                                                (b)           Season structure should be designed to ensure timing and length of hunts provides significant amount of opportunity.

                                                (c)           At least one-third of all hunters are “satisfied” with the experience.

                B.            Northwest region:  primary management zones in GMUs 2, 5A, 9 and 10.

                                (1)           Optimal opportunity management within primary management zones in GMUs 2, 5A, 9 and 10.

                                (2)           Foundational resource information for the northwest region is indicated below:

northwest region population information

sustainable harvest pursuant to goals

herd unit

population estimate (rounded to nearest 100)

bull:cow:calf ratio

bulls

cows

San Juan (GMU 2)

1600-2500

37:100:39

130-160

150-170

Lindrith (GMU 5A)

2000-2300

34:100:36

140-170

160-190

Mt. Taylor (GMU 9)

1000-2100

25:100:16

40-100

0

Zuni (GMU 10)

900-1900

37:100:46

100-130

110-140

 

GMU

management goals

total licenses by bag limit

MB, ES-1, ES-3

A

ES-2

total licenses

2

OOM

235

235

282

752

5A

OOM

250

250

65

565

9

OOM

267

0

375

642

10

OOM

206

324

368

898

Total

958

809

1090

2857

                                (3)           Public draw elk hunts listing the eligibility requirements or restrictions, GMUs or areas, hunt dates, hunt codes, number of licenses, bag limits and legal sporting arms shall be as indicated below:

open GMUs or areas

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

hunt code

licenses

bag limit

2

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-100

120

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-101

120

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-102

125

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-103

75

MB

12/14-12/18

12/12-12/16

12/11-12/15

12/10-12/14

ELK-1-104

100

A

2 youth only

12/14-12/18

12/12-12/16

12/11-12/15

12/10-12/14

ELK-1-105

50

A

2C only

12/7-12/11

12/5-12/9

12/4-12/8

12/3-12/7

ELK-1-106

50

A

5A public land only

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-107

5

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-108

5

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-109

10

MB

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-110

10

A

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-111

10

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-112

10

A

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-113

10

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-114

10

A

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-115

10

MB

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-116

10

A

9 Marquez WMA

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-117

5

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-118

5

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-119

4

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-3-120

5

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-3-121

5

MB

9 including Water canyon WMA

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-122

117

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-123

117

ES

9 including Water canyon WMA, mobility impaired

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-124

30

ES

9 including Water canyon WMA

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-3-125

50

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-3-126

50

MB

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-3-127

30

MB

10

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-128

125

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-129

125

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-130

70

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-131

70

MB

10 youth only

11/9-11/13

11/14-11/18

11/13-11/17

11/12-11/16

ELK-1-132

120

A

10

12/21-12/25

12/19-12/23

12/18-12/22

12/17-12/21

ELK-1-133

100

A

                                (4)           Private land elk authorizations for qualifying ranches listing the number of authorizations, bag limits, and legal sporting arms shall be as indicated below:

open GMUs or areas

2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 hunt seasons

MB, ES-1, ES-3

A

ES -2

Total

2

35

35

42

112

5A

210

210

55

475

9

93

0

131

224

10

66

104

118

288

Total

404

349

346

1099

                                (5)           Private land elk hunts for ranches designated as “ranch only” shall be limited to the following eligibility requirements or restrictions, season dates and legal sporting arms.  All private land mobility impaired and youth only hunters must satisfy licensing requirements as stated in 19.31.3 NMAC in order to hunt during the “mobility impaired” or “youth only” hunt periods.

legal sporting arms

open GMUs or area

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

bows only

2, 5A, 9, 10

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

muzzle loading rifles and bows

2, 10

any 5 consecutive days, 10/5-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/10-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/9-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/8-12/31

9, mobility impaired

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

9

any 5 consecutive days, 10/12-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/17-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/16-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/15-12/31

any legal sporting arms

2, 10

any 5 consecutive days, 10/12-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/17-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/16-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/15-12/31

any legal sporting arms

5A

any 5 consecutive days, 10/5-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/10-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/9-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/8-12/31

                C.            North central region: primary management zones in GMUs 4, 5B, 50, 51 and 52.

                                (1)           Optimal opportunity management within primary management zones in GMUs 4, 5B, 50, 51 and 52.

                                (2)           Foundational resource information for the north central region shall be as indicated below:

north central region population information

sustainable harvest pursuant to goals

herd unit

population estimate (rounded to nearest 100)

bull:cow:calf ratio

bulls

cows

Chama-San Antonio (GMUs 4, 5B, 50, 51, and 52)

23600-27300

38:100:40

1740-2400

2000-2590

 

GMU

management goals

total licenses by bag limit

MB, ES-1, ES-3, MB/A

A

ES-2

total licenses

4

OOM

1060

660

475

2195

5B

OOM

367

188

160

715

50

OOM

331

117

156

604

51

OOM

970

909

434

2313

52

OOM

685

406

500

1591

Total

3413

2280

1725

7418

                                (3)           Public draw elk hunts listing the eligibility requirements or restrictions, GMU or area, hunt dates, hunt codes, number of licenses, bag limits and legal sporting arms shall be as indicated below:

open GMUs or areas

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

hunt code

licenses

bag limit

4:Sargent WMA

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-134

10

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-135

10

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-136

10

MB/A

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-137

10

MB/A

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-138

10

MB/A

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-139

10

MB/A

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-140

10

A

4:Sargent WMA, youth only

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-141

10

A

4:Humphries/Rio Chama WMAs

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-142

10

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-143

10

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-144

15

MB/A

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-145

15

MB/A

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-146

10

A

4:Humphries/Rio Chama WMAs, youth only

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-147

15

A

4: Rio Chama WMA only

11/9-11/13

11/14-11/18

11/13-11/17

11/12-11/16

ELK-1-148

15

A

5B

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-149

76

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-150

75

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-151

86

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-152

59

A

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-153

86

MB

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-154

59

A

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-155

87

MB

11/9-11/13

11/14-11/18

11/13-11/17

11/12-11/16

ELK-1-156

59

A

12/21-12/25

12/19-12/23

12/18-12/22

12/17-12/21

ELK-1-157

87

MB

50

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-158

60

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-159

55

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-160

120

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-161

125

MB

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-162

42

A

11/16-11/20

11/21-11/25

11/20-11/24

11/19-11/23

ELK-1-163

45

A

51

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-164

180

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-165

180

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-1-166

220

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-167

220

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-168

220

MB

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-169

251

A

11/9-11/13

11/14-11/18

11/13-11/17

11/12-11/16

ELK-1-170

251

A

11/16-11/20

11/21-11/25

11/20-11/24

11/19-11/23

ELK-1-171

252

A

12/7-12/11

12/5-12/9

12/4-12/8

12/3-12/7

ELK-3-172

145

ES

52

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-173

230

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-174

230

ES

52 mobility impaired

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-175

50

MB

52

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-176

120

MB

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-177

50

A

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-178

230

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-179

230

MB

52 youth only

11/9-11/13

11/14-11/18

11/13-11/17

11/12-11/16

ELK-1-180

80

A

52 mobility impaired

11/16-11/20

11/21-11/25

11/20-11/24

11/19-11/23

ELK-1-181

56

A

52

11/16-11/20

11/21-11/25

11/20-11/24

11/19-11/23

ELK-1-182

73

A

12/7-12/11

12/5-12/9

12/4-12/8

12/3-12/7

ELK-1-183

115

A

                                (4)           Private land elk authorizations for qualifying ranches listing the number of authorizations, bag limits and legal sporting arms shall be as indicated below:

open GMUs or areas

2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 hunt seasons

MB, ES-1, ES-3, MB/A

A

ES-2

Total

4

990

600

435

2025

5B

21

11

9

41

50

86

30

41

157

51

165

155

74

394

52

55

32

40

127

Total

1317

828

599

2744

                                (5)           Private land elk hunts for ranches designated as “ranch only” shall be limited to the following eligibility requirements or restrictions, season dates and legal sporting arms.  All private land mobility impaired and youth only hunters must satisfy licensing requirements as stated in 19.31.3 NMAC in order to hunt during the “mobility impaired” or “youth only” hunt periods.

legal sporting arms

open GMUs or area

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

bows only

4, 5B, 50, 51, 52

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

muzzle loading rifles and bows

52

any 5 consecutive days, 10/5-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/10-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/9-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/8-12/31

any legal sporting arms

4

any 5 consecutive days, 10/1-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/1-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/1-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/1-12/31

5B, 50, 51

any 5 consecutive days, 10/5-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/10-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/9-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/8-12/31

52

any 5 consecutive days, 10/12-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/17-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/16-12/31

any 5 consecutive days, 10/15-12/31

                D.            Jemez region:  primary management zones in GMUs 6A, 6B, 6C and 7.

                                (1)           Quality hunt management goals for primary management zones in GMUs 6A and 6B.

                                (2)           Optimal opportunity management within primary management zones in GMUs 6C and 7.

                                (3)           Foundational resource information for the Jemez region shall be as indicated below:

Jemez region population information

sustainable harvest pursuant to goals

Jemez herd unit

population estimate (rounded to nearest 100)

bull:cow:calf ratio

bulls

cows

GMUs 6A, 6B, 6C, and 7

6100-7200

33:100:32

380-470

440-510

 

GMU

management goal

total licenses by bag limit

MB, ES-1, ES-3

A

ES-2

total licenses

6A

QHM

361

117

297

775

6B

QHM

50

165

50

265

6C

OOM

429

259

300

988

7

OOM

68

62

36

166

Total

908

603

683

2194

                                (4)           Public draw elk hunts listing the eligibility requirements or restrictions, GMUs or areas, hunt dates, hunt codes, number of licenses, bag limits and legal sporting arms shall be as indicated below:

open GMUs or areas

2019-2020 hunt dates

2020-2021 hunt dates

2021-2022 hunt dates

2022-2023 hunt dates

hunt code

licenses

bag limit

6A

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-184

150

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-185

102

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-186

104

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-187

100

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-188

103

MB

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-189

99

A

6B:

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-190

25

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-191

25

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-192

15

ES

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-193

15

ES

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-194

20

ES

6B youth only

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-195

30

A

6B

11/2-11/6

11/7-11/11

11/6-11/10

11/5-11/9

ELK-1-196

35

A

11/16-11/20

11/21-11/25

11/20-11/24

11/19-11/23

ELK-1-197

35

A

6B youth only

11/23-11/27

11/28-12/2

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

ELK-1-198

30

A

6B

12/7-12/11

12/5-12/9

12/4-12/8

12/3-12/7

ELK-1-199

35

A

6B mobility impaired

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

ELK-1-200

TBD

A

6C

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

9/1-9/14

ELK-2-201

150

ES

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

9/15-9/24

ELK-2-202

105

ES

10/5-10/9

10/10-10/14

10/9-10/13

10/8-10/12

ELK-3-203

155

MB

10/12-10/16

10/17-10/21

10/16-10/20

10/15-10/19

ELK-1-204

105

MB

10/19-10/23

10/24-10/28

10/23-10/27

10/22-10/26

ELK-1-205

105

MB

10/26-10/30

10/31-11/4

10/30-11/3

10/29-11/2

ELK-1-206

110

A

11/23-11/27

11/28-12/2

11/27-12/1

11/26-11/30

ELK-1-207

110

A