Well the annual New Mexico state big game draw has come and gone. I can’t believe how fast time flies! Once again our Application Service was successful in drawing 1 out of 3 – maybe a tad better than that, but I’ll call it 30%. That’s about the same as last year. We only apply our clients for some of New Mexico’s best hunts so that makes drawing an elk tag or mule deer tag tougher. When you’re lucky enough to draw, you won’t be disappointed! (It’s the end of May – another month and we will be scouting our elk and deer areas!).
I would like to congratulate Neil and Dean Pederson from Fargo, North Dakota, for finally drawing an elk tag. It took us five years to draw a tag for these guys, which is the longest on record for H&A! They are in store for a hunt they won’t soon forget in the famous Gila National Forest!
On another note: Landowner permits are becoming harder to get every year. What makes it worse is a man’s word doesn’t mean much any more! One example is a rancher in Unit 15. I bought all of his permits last year and left a $4,000 deposit for all of them this year. It was agreed upon between us. Well guess what?! He sold out from under me! I’m a true believer in that a man is only as good as his word. So what does that make him? A piece of shit as far as I’m concerned. But that’s just my opinion.
The days of being able to buy quality landowner permits after the draw are pretty much gone. The best approach is to back up the limited draw hunts with a landowner permit before the draw. The only positive thing about this is that there are more men and women hunting than ever before, which is a good thing for conservation and the outdoor lifestyle which we live. Until next time,
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