Performance in the Draw for Public Land Elk Hunting Licenses

Performance in the Draw for Public Land Elk Hunting Licenses

A bull elk in the morning sun on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico.

Bull elk in the morning sun, GMU 6B public land, Sandoval County, New Mexico

Performance in the Draw for Public Land Elk Hunting Licenses

This webpage analyzes how well applicants in the draw for public land elk hunting licenses did in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. We present the aggregate statistics of applicant performance in the draw and performance at the GMU and bag limit levels.

State law requires that NM resident applicants (R) receive 84% of the available licenses; residents and non-residents who register with an outfitter (O) receive 10%; and non-residents 6% (NR).

Overall, the data show that the limits placed by the quota on R, O, and NR applicants were met at the aggregate level.

2020 Draw

Resident applicants: 19,849 winners (88.7%)

Outfitter registered applicants: 1,500 winners (6.71%)

Non-resident applicants: 1,022 winners (4.57%)

Available public land licenses in the draw: 24,381 licenses

2021 Draw

Resident applicants: 19,866 winners (88.8%)

Outfitter registered applicants: 1,558 winners (6.96%)

Non-resident applicants: 947 winners (4.23%)

Available public land licenses in the draw: 24,381 licenses

2022 Draw

Resident applicants: 19,853 winners (88.7%)

Outfitter registered applicants: 1,584 winners (7.08%)

Non-resident applicants: 934 winners (4.19%)

Available public land licenses in the draw: 24,381 licenses

The above pie charts show the overall success rates of applicants in the draw for public land elk licenses for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Resident applicants did better than the quota of 84% for each of these years. Outfitter registered applicants did worse than the 10% quota, and non-resident applicants did worse than the 6% quota.

Statistics of Winners in the Draw for Public Land Elk Hunting Licenses by Hunt Code

The percentage of New Mexico resident winners in the draw for public land licenses is shown here for each of the 313 hunt codes1. The size of each point is proportional to the number of public land licenses available for each hunt code; the color is related to the bag.  Note that for most of the hunt codes, New Mexico resident applicants won more than 84% of the time, with a few exceptions.  In the three hunt codes where the percentage of New Mexico resident winners was less than the quota of 84%, there were few resident applicants relative to the number of available licenses, allowing outfitter and non-resident applicants also to win.  Antlerless licenses are reserved for resident hunters. Hover over each point/bubble to see the details about each hunt code.

The percentage of non-resident winners in the draw for public land licenses is shown here for each of the 313 hunt codes. The size of each point is proportional to the number of public land licenses available for each hunt code; the color is related to the bag.  Hover over each point/bubble to see the details about each hunt code.

The percentage of outfitter winners in the draw for public land licenses is shown here for each of the 313 hunt codes. The size of each point is proportional to the number of public land licenses available for each hunt code; the color is related to the bag.  Hover over each point/bubble to see the details about each hunt code.

Footnotes and References

  1. A hunt code defines a GMU, bag limit, weapon type, and other stipulations.