Jicarilla Hunting Blog

Youth or Experience?

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This hunting season has yielded some exceptional animals. A couple of which were harvested by Jicarilla Tribal Member Youth who have attended and successfully completed the NM Hunters Safety Certification Program held by the Department. Kudos to all who are involved in getting youth involved in the outdoors and congratulations to these 2 lucky (and skilled) hunters.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Bucks and Bulls

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello all,

I am proud to report another good year for Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk and Tribal Deer Hunts. Despite ongoing drought, we have managed to grow and harvest some magnificent animals. Check out our photo gallery for up-to-date photos. Below is a buck that came in yesterday that scored a whopping 200 1/8 gross as a 3x4! 

I love this time of year!


Wildlife Biologist


Jicarilla Long-Beards

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, April 14, 2014

There is nothing better to do in Spring than chase gobblers, and in my opinion, no better place to hunt a Merriams than the Jicarilla!

Wrapping Hunting Season Up

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 30, 2013

Many thanks to the clients who hunted the Jicarilla Apache Nation in 2013! Despite drought conditions, 2013 hunts went well, with high success on many tremendous animals, including several world-class Mule deer, mature bulls, and freezer filling cow elk hunts.Not to forget, lion, bears, turkeys and waterfowl. 

Our photo gallery is constantly being updated as photos become available. The most recent is a great bull from our late season bull elk hunt, going on right now, as well as our Tribal Member Cooper-Neil Archery Mule deer hunt.

Seasons Greetings and a Prosperous New Year!

Jicarilla Game and FIsh Staff

2013 Mule Deer Summary

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello All,

Our 2013 Mule deer season has ended and I am proud to report another banner year! Tribal members harvested many mature bucks with an average of 180" gross and clients went 10 for 10 with an average gross score of 204! The Jicarilla is truly a one-of-a-kind place in the West for trophy Mule deer.

Look for our 2014 Hunting Proclamation online in March 2014. Applications will be due in late May.

Until then,


New Horse Lake Mesa Elk Video

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello again,

I just uploaded another Jicarilla Hunting Video into our "Videos" page. This one is from the Horse Lake Mesa Game Park. Its well worth the time.

Kyle Tator

Wildlife Biologist

Jicarilla Game and Fish


Waterfowl Regulations Released 9/23/13

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 19, 2013

For those interested in 2013 Waterfowl Regulations, I plan to release the official waterfowl rules and regulations on Monday 9/23. NO ONLINE PERMIT SALES WILL BE AVAILABLE in 2013, we apologize for the inconvenience. Permits are for sale at the Department office in Dulce, M-F 8am-5pm. We are looking for off-hour permit sales options for those coming into town on weekends, etc. If you plan on coming up for the weekend, please call us to coordinate permitting.

Recent rains have filled up many ponds. Waterfowl hunting is expected to be great! 

All for now,

Kyle Tator

JGF Wildlife Biologist

Merchandise for Sale

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Jicarilla Game and Fish Department is selling "Hunt the Jicarilla" merchandise at our office for a reasonable fee. 

We currently have:

Hoodies: Gray or Black $30.00

Caps: Black, Brown $20.00

Beanies: Camo $20.00

T-shirts: Long-sleeve Black: $20.00 (limited quantities available)

Contact our office to order 575-759-3255 or drop by M-F, 8-5

Big Bulls

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Well we are off to a great start! Our clients at Horse Lake Mesa went 4 for 4 last week with a high 350's average. The biggest bull being a 433 SCI non-typical! Not bad for the first week of Elk Hunting on the Jicarilla. 

Hunting Season 2013

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, August 12, 2013

Hello all,

Significant rainfall over the past month or so has me anxiously awaiting the 2013 Hunting Season with high hopes that I will be scoring some large elk and deer antlers! Even more so, I hope that the blessings of rain will enhance the nutritional condition of the Nation's big-game populations...a key component to population dynamics! Thunderstorms are building as I type, so I am cautiously optimistic, that fall 2013 will be a good one. 

As of today, we are nearly sold out of all hunts, with a few exceptions:

Reservation Cow Elk

Southern Cow Elk

Late Season Bull

Call our office for available hunt dates.

Best of luck in the 2013 season,

Kyle Tator

JGF- Wildlife Biologist