Poverty in New Mexico

New Mexico is a poor state, having one of the highest rates of poverty in the US.

Hunting brings income into the poor rural areas of New Mexico.  In rural areas hunting on private land via the NMDGF EPLUS attracts out-of-state hunters who can afford to pay high prices for EPLUS authorizations on private lands.

The supplementary income rural landowners derive from selling EPLUS authorizations helps to offset the costs they incur from elk on their lands.  EPLUS allows members of rural communities to fill their freezers with elk meat.  EPLUS motivates landowners to maintain healthy elk habitats.  EPLUS attracts hunters to rural areas for private land hunts, which generates significant economic inflow to poor communities.

New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the nation

New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the union, with a very low population density.  This translates to rural communities in extreme poverty, where elk live.  Elk hunting on both public and private land helps these rural communities economically.   A large fraction of land in rural areas is private land, farms, and ranches.  EPLUS evolved as a way to effectively work with rural landowners to manage elk populations.