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Hunting on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation
Trophy Mule Deer
World-class Mule Deer hunting is what the Jicarilla is best-known for. Our hunting program consistently produces huge bucks for our clients. If you are looking for that great opportunity to take a Mule Deer buck-of-a-lifetime, the Jicarilla Apache Reservation is the place to hunt.
Trophy Bull Elk Hunts
The Jicarilla offer some of the best bugling activity available in New Mexico, and some exceptional bulls have been taken in recent years. Jicarilla Trophy Bull Elk Hunts are famous for providing hunters the opportunity to pursue mature bulls during the rut. Hunter densities are low, success rates are high, and the quality of bulls is excellent.
The Horse Lake Mesa Trophy Bull Elk Hunt
The Horse Lake Mesa Trophy Bull Elk Hunt offers excellent opportunity to harvest bulls scoring 330-400+ SCI. This special management unit consists of 21 square miles of prime elk habitat, managed strictly for trophy elk hunting. These hunts are during the peak of the rut, offering unparalleled bugling activity and the chance to harvest a truly spectacular bull.
Mountain Lion, Black Bear and Turkey Hunts
Mountain Lion, Black Bear and Turkey hunts are also available. Mountain Lion are hunted during winter in classic hound-pursuit hunts. Success rates are high and big toms in the 150-200 pound class are taken regularly. Black Bear can be hunted in spring and fall, over bait or with hounds. Permit numbers are kept low to improve the hunters odds of taking large bruins. Merriams Turkey hunting on the Jicarilla is perhaps the best in the southwest.
All non-tribal member big game trophy hunts must be guided by a registered Jicarilla Apache Tribal Member Guide. A list of guides and their phone numbers is available on this site under the hunting menu. It is the responsibility of the hunter to make guide arrangements prior to their hunt. For more information contact the Jicarilla Game and Fish Director at 575-759-3255.
After the Hunt
Jicarilla Game and Fish operates a skinning shed equipped with hoists, saws, and a walk-in cooler to temporarily store your game meat (2-days) while hunters make arrangements for processing.
IMPORTANT DATES 2019-2020
NON-MEMBER HUNT APPLICATION DEADLINES
1st 2019 Spring Turkey, Archery, South Archery/Muzzleloader, Early Rifle 1 and 2, November Bull, Late Season Bull Elk and Group Cow Elk Licenses go on-sale; first come-first serve
25th Spring Draw Hunt Application Deadline (application form and fees due for Mountain Lion and Spring Bear)
27th Spring Draw Results Available (Mountain Lion and Spring Bear)
1st 2019 License year begins, and runs through March 31, 2020
8th Rifle Mule Deer Sealed Bids due to the JGFD Office, 5pm MST → 9th; Bids opened
15th Jicarilla Combination Buck & Bull Sealed Bids due to the JGFD Office, 5pm MST → 16th; Bids opened
3rd Draw Hunt Application Deadline (application form and fees due for Cow Elk and Mule deer)
5th Mule Deer Draw Results Available
19th Cow Elk Draw Results Available
24th Fall Bear licenses on sale, OTC with caps
2nd 2020 OTC Bull Elk and Group Cow Elk Licenses go on-sale*
Any Remaining 2020 Horse Lake Mesa Trophy Bull Hunts Sold 1st come, 1st Serve