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New Mexico Unit 6C, 13, 45, 52 and 53 Self Guided Landowner Vouchers

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NM135E

Unit 6C
* The tags are valid unit wide and hunters are not required to hire a guide.

* Unit 6C borders the famous and very popular Valles Caldera National Preserve. Giant bulls are taken from the Caldera each year. Hunters purchasing these vouchers are not authorized to hunt the Valles Caldera but you can hunt the preserve border.

* These tags are for the archery, rifle or muzzleloader seasons and hunters can choose the dates that best fit their schedule. The archery dates are Sept 1-14 or Sept 15-24. The muzzleloader dates are Oct 10-14 and the rifle dates are Oct 17-21 or Oct 24-28.

Archery, Rifle and Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery - Either Sex 0 vouchers remaining. 10 sold $4,000
Rifle/Muzzleloader - Bull 0 vouchers remaining. 7 sold $3,600
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 10
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 10 in northern New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 10 has a large tract of national forest land with some BLM lands as well.

Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouchers remaining. 4 sold $3,500
Rifle/Muzzleloader 0 voucher remaining. 1 sold $4,250
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 13
* Unit 13 is one of several units that does not offer rifle hunts thus making it one of the top trophy producing units in New Mexico.

* The famous Double H Ranch, managed by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is located in unit 13. Hunters purchasing these vouchers are not authorized to hunt the Double H but you can hunt near by.

* The tags are valid unit wide and hunters are not required to hire a guide.

* For the archery seasons, hunters can choose between 3 hunt dates. Sept 1-10, Sept 11-18 or Sept 19-24.

* For the muzzleloader seasons, hunters can choose between 3 hunt dates. Oct 11-15, Oct 18-22 or Nov 15-19. These tags can also be used on the youth only season Oct 4-8.

* The cow hunts take place throughout the month of November.

Archery and Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery - Either Sex 2 vouchers remaining. 6 Sold $5,500
Muzzleloader - Bull 0 vouchers remaining. 7 Sold $5,500
Muzzleloader - Cow 0 voucher remaining. 3 Sold $525
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 15
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 15 in west-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 15 is mostly public land offers great access to the forest. The seasons for these tags run from mid-October through late November.

Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Muzzleloader 0 vouchers remaining. 1 sold $7,500
Cow 0 vouchers remain. 4 Sold $650
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 16C
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 16C in west-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 16C is mostly public land offers great access to the forest. This unit is bordered by several units considered to be the premier hunts in the state for trophy class bulls. Season dates are Sept 1-14 or Sept 15-24.

Archery Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouchers remain 3 Sold $8,000
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 16D
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 16D in west-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 16D is mostly public land offers great access to the forest. This is considered to be one of the premier hunts in the state for trophy class bulls. Season dates are Sept 1-14 or Sept 15-24.

Archery Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouches remaining 1 Sold $15,000
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 16E
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 16E in west-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 16E has a lot of public land. A large portion is BLM "wilderness" and is best accessed via horseback. However, horses are not required to effectively hunt this unit. Season dates are Oct 21-25.

Archery Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Rifle 0 vouchers remaining. 2 sold $7,500
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 17
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 17 in west-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 17 is mostly public land offers great access to the forest. Season dates are the 1st and second weeks of December

Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Muzzleloader 0 vouchers remain. 5 Sold $6,500
Cow 0 vouchers remain. 4 Sold $650
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 34
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 34 in south-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 34 is highly public land and offers great access to the forest. Bordered on the north by the famed Mescalero Appache Reservation it is well known to produce top quality bulls. Season dates are per the New Mexico regulations booklet.

Rifle/Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouchers remaining. 4 Sold $8,500
Rifle or Muzzleloader 0 voucher remaining. 4 Sold $7,800
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 36
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 36 in south-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 36 has ample public land and offers great access to the forest. Bordered on the south by the famed Mescalero Appache Reservation it is well known to produce top quality bulls. Season dates are per the New Mexico regulations booklet.

Rifle/Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouchers remaining. 2 Sold $8,500
Rifle or Muzzleloader 0 voucher remaining. 5 Sold $7,800
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 45
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 45 in north-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 45 is mostly public land and includes the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and the Pecos Wilderness. Great access to the forest and wilderness areas exist.

* Archery tags are valid for most of September (9/1-9/22) while the muzzleloader are in early October (10/4-10/8). The 2 rifle hunts will take place in mid October (10/11-10/15 and 10/18-10/22). Camping is available throughout the forest service area.

* Though not required, this unit lends its self well to those that want to get away from the roads. Horses can be used to access the more remote parts of the unit leaving most hunters behind.

* Bulls will average in the 275 to 320 class though much bigger have been taken.

Archery, Rifle and Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery - Either Sex 0 vouchers remain. 4 Sold $3,000
Muzzleloader/Rifle - Bull 0 vouchers remaining. 5 Sold $2,250
Cow 0 vouchers remain. 3 Sold $350
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 48
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 48 in north-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* A lot of this unit is private, but there are large tracts of state land in the western portion of the unit.

Rifle Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 2 vouchers remaining 4 Sold $3,250
Rifle/Muzzleloader 0 vouchers remaining 2 Sold $3,750
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 50
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 50 in north-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Forest service and state lands and good road access provide ample area to hunt.

Rifle Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 vouchers remaining. 3 sold $2,000
Rifle/Muzzleloader 0 vouchers remaining 4 Sold $2,200
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 51
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 51 in north-central New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 51 is mostly public land offers great access to the forest.

Archery Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery 0 voucher remaining. 4 Sold $3,750
Rifle 0 voucher remaining. 6 Sold $2,750
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 52
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 52 in northern New Mexico. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Unit 52 is mostly public land and has fewer roads than the surrounding units providing good escape cover allowing some bulls to reach that older class necessary to reach their full potential.

* The muzzleloader hunt runs in early October (10/7-10/11). The 2 rifle hunts will take place in mid October (10/14-10/18 and 10/21-10/25). Camping is available throughout the forest service area.

* A 300 class bull is a reasonable expectation with much bigger bulls being a real possibility.

Archery, Rifle and Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery - Either Sex 0 vouchers remain. 2 Sold $4,250
Muzzleloader/Rifle - Bull 0 vouchers remaining. 5 Sold $6,750
Cow 0 vouchers remain. 2 Sold $750
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843


Unit 53
* These tags are valid throughout the entire area of unit 53 in northern New Mexico excluding Indian Reservation Lands. Hunters are NOT required to hire a guide with these tags.

* Even with the reservation lands, unit 53 has ample public land including several large wilderness areas.

* The muzzleloader hunt runs in early October (10/4-10/8). The 2 rifle hunts will take place in mid October (10/14-10/18 and 10/21-10/25). Camping is available throughout the forest service area.

* A 275 to 300 class bull is a reasonable expectation with larger bulls being a possibility.

Archery, Rifle and Muzzleloader Hunts

Weapon Number available Rate
Archery - Either Sex 0 vouchers remain. 5 Sold $2,250
Muzzleloader/Rifle - Bull 0 vouchers remaining. 25 Sold $1,950
Cow 6 vouchers remaining. 5 Sold $725
Notes: Contact HuntersTrailhead about purchasing these tags.
HuntersTrailhead at 801-979-8843

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