Deer Hunting in New Mexico

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  • C
  • 12,500

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 25,000 (includes mule deer and whitetail)

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $41 (standard unit)

    Resident fees may vary.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $283 (standard unit) and $368 (quality and high demand units)

    Non-resident fees vary by unit.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 167 3/8"

    The whitetail was taken by Bret Dillion in Union County in 2004 and is currently ranked 6110. The Coues deer was taken by Victor Giacoletti in Grant County in 1981 and is currently ranked 3rd.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 1 whitetail; 45 Coues

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 186 1/8"

    Coues whitetail -- Taken by Peter Chase in Hidalgo County in 1941, the buck is the No. 2 Coues non-typical whitetail of all time.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 7 Coues

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Season Dates (2017):

Season dates vary greatly by unit and all tags are offered on an annual draw basis. Please refer to the New Mexico Game & Fish website for specific season dates.

The Grade: C+

Known more for mule deer opportunities, the Land of Enchantment also offers small pockets of whitetails around the river bottoms and agricultural fields along the Texas border, as well as its smaller cousin, the Coues whitetail, in the southwest corner of the state. The larger Texanus subspecies are mainly found on private land, but a few pockets do exist on BLM ground. New Mexico’s Coues deer numbers are stable, and for the hunter looking to add one to his trophy room there are good public-land opportunities in the Burro Mountains of unit 23, as well as unit 27. Generally, success rates hover around 30 percent most years.  

Antler Nation Knowledge:

New Mexico is the only state in the Union that offers both the Coues and Texanus subspecies of whitetails. Although populations are considered slim, the Land of Enchantment can provide a unique opportunity.