Jicarilla Hunting Blog

Cancellation Hunts: Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, April 15, 2013

We have 3 openings due to cancellations at Horse Lake Mesa Game Park for rifle hunting trophy bull elk during the rut. Please call us at 575-759-3255 to discuss availability and dates. The hunting permit costs $8,000. 

Turkey Season

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A reminder that Turkey season is rapidly approaching. April 2nd is the fire sale for Non-tribal permits, and April 6th is the opener. Tribal member turkey permits will be available March 28th, first-come, first-served.

Apply by completing an application form and mailing it with payment to our office, OR you can stop by once permits go on sale. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm


Proclamation Released!

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, March 04, 2013

Download your copy of the 2013-14 Hunting proclamation today! 

Important Dates:

All Mule Deer Sealed Bid Auctions Due May 13th

All Non-tribal Elk and Deer Applications Due May 31st

Call with any questions,


2013-2014 Hunting and Fishing Proclamations Approved

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Great News! Our Annual Hunting and Fishing Proclamations have been approved and will be released to the public by March 8, 2013. All of the details on hunts, prices, and application process will be included. Please visit our website to download the proclamation next week!

Horse Lake Mesa Trophy Bull SOLD OUT

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, February 25, 2013

All 2013 Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk hunts have sold.  Please contact JGF in January 2014 for 2014 hunt availability.

Trophy Bull Hunts Selling FAST!

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hello all,

As of today 1/15/13, we have 9 permits remaining for 2013 Horse Lake Mesa Trophy Bull Elk.  Remember, there is no draw for these hunts, and are booked first-come, first served.

Permits available:

Sept 1-4th:     4 available

Oct 3-6th:     2 available

Oct 7-10th:   3 available

I have attached a picture of the top bull from 2012! a 386 SCI giant!

 Please call us at 575-759-3255 to book!

Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk Hunts For Sale

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hunt the Jicarilla!

Here is a great opportunity for those who don't want to go through the draw process:

Beginning January 2nd, the 2013 Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk Hunts go on sale, on a first-come, first served basis.  Horse Lake Mesa is a 14,500-acre game park managed exclusively for trophy bull elk. Hunters have a 4-day hunt with a rifle during the 2013 rutting season, beginning September and ending in early October. Hunters have great opportunity at mature bulls ranging from 320-400+.  Hunters experienced success rates approaching 90% and an average score of 328 SCI, in 2012. Permit price is $8,000.00, which does not include lodging, meals, or guide fee.

For available hunt dates or for more information, please contact us at 575-759-3255.

Kyle Tator

Wildlife Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

Client Muley

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A great year of Mule Deer hunting.  Client hunts have wrapped up and the Jicarilla has had another great year! The 2012 client average is 206" with 8 bucks over 200", the biggest, a 231 NT giant! This buck was harvested by a client, scoring 206 gross, netting at 190".

Tribal Member Muleys 2012

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 2012 Mule Deer Season has yielded some great bucks. We have had several 190" or better bucks brought in and several mature bucks ranging from 160 to high 180's.  Today is the last day of Tribal Member Mule Deer Season. Here are 2 of the bigger bucks so far. Look for picture in the Photo Gallery Soon! Kyle Tator, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Wildlife Biologist



New Wildlife Biologist

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hello all,

I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to the online community. My name is Kyle Tator and I have recently been selected as the JGF wildlife biologist, replacing Tom Watts, who retired in April. I am originally from Dulce, graduating High School in 1999, and earned a BS in Rangeland Management, and a MS in Wildlife Management from NMSU in Las Cruces. It was only natural growing up in the area to be captivated with large antlers, fat trout, and hunting, and I can say, I am thrilled at the opportunity to work as the Nation's Wildlilfe Biologist. I look forward to the challenge of maintaining high quality hunting and fishing experiences, for which the Jicarilla is known for.  

Following the great example set by Kevin Terry, JGF Fishery Biologist, I have decided to try and update the Jicarilla hunting blog twice a month (during hunting season) or if something comes up that is newsworthy. This is a great way for folks to stay updated on the happenings within JGF Biology Division. So here it goes....

Despite dry and hot conditions during the first 3 hunts on Horse Lake Mesa, elk hunters are connecting on some great elk, with the largest so far being 375 7/8 SCI harvested Sept. 10. Thankfully, the region has received some much needed rain over the past couple days, which will only help crank up the bugling action and should provide elk hunters an exciting hunt over the next few weeks. Pictures will be posted soon.

JGF will be closed Sept 13-17 for the annual Go-Jii-Ya Feast. Stay safe over the Jicarilla Holiday weekend!

Kyle Tator

JGF Wildlife Biologist, 575-759-3255