New Mexico is full of surprises when it comes to big game. Most hunters already know about the world-class elk hunting. There are also outstanding opportunities to hunt mule deer, record-book antelope, bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, bear and javelina.
In addition to these native species, New Mexico is now home to several introduced species. While nonnative, these animals have carved niches into New Mexico’s unique landscape and now thrive here. The exotics add another layer of spice with Oryx, Barbary Sheep and Ibex.
With such a wide variety of game to chase, the options are seemingly endless. At LOH, we love hunting them all. Here’s a broad overview of the opportunities available:
Our core hunts revolve around big elk in several of New Mexico’s best units. Our clients’ opportunity rate exceeds 90-percent for 280”-390” bulls, something you won’t find in many other places. We focus on units 10, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 36, as well as a unit 16B Gila Wilderness trip. New Mexico has opportunities to hunt elk with a bow, muzzleloader and rifle. If you want a shot at big bulls, these trips offer that unique opportunity.
Learn more about our New Mexico elk hunts here.
Quality bucks and numerous seasonal options make for great mule deer hunting in New Mexico. Dates between October and January are possible with archery, muzzleloader, rifle and a late archery rut hunt. Public and private land options are available with big bucks being harvested every year.
Learn more about mule deer hunting here.
New Mexico is home to some big pronghorn with serious mass. Most hunts take place in August and hunters should prepare for longer shots in open country. Archery and rifle hunts are both an option. Antelope are fun to chase and New Mexico has some very large bucks roaming the open country.
Learn more about New Mexico pronghorn hunts here.
The odds are low but a few lucky hunters will draw these tags each year. It’s not a hunt to take lightly and preparation is critical. Using guides who know the terrain and the habits of sheep out here makes all the difference. Perhaps the best news, is that we are giving away a free, guided bighorn sheep hunt to any hunter who applies with LOH Outfitters and successfully draws a tag! Follow the link below to learn more.
Learn more about bighorn sheep hunting here.
Also referred to as Aoudad, these amazing sheep are flourishing across the state. They eat cactus and yucca and offer better draw odds than a bighorn sheep. If you want to explore a unique hunt with plenty of public and private land options, the Barbary sheep is a great opportunity. It’s also a winter hunt with dates ranging between December and February. When big game seasons are closing across the west, this one is just opening.
Learn more about Barbary sheep hunting here.
Picture an antelope species weighing up to 500-pounds with beautiful long horns and black stripes against a white muzzle. The meat is among the best wild game on the planet. If you’re interested in antelope hunting in New Mexico, we highly recommend applying for Oryx as well. Draw odds are better and it’s an outstanding experience! Native to Africa and the Middle East, this species requires very little water and they are doing well in the high desert of New Mexico. The populations jumped over objectives and hunts are available from June to March. This is a great opportunity to hunt during the off-season.
Learn more about New Mexico Oryx hunts here.
New Mexico Big Game Applications
The application deadline for all big game species in New Mexico is in March every year. However, don’t wait until then to begin planning your hunt. Call us now so that we can begin the process. We build an application strategy for each of our hunters to help you maximize your chances of success, based on your specific goals.
If you’d like to know more or if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can send us a message. Or give us a call at 315-374-8209.