Special Management Zones

Map SPZ-01.  This map shows the Special Management Zone GMUs.  The Special Management Zone includes  GMU 46, 54 west of NM State Road 199 and 55A. These areas are in quality elk habitat areas where private entities own most of the land. Private land elk hunting authorizations on these ranches are allocated through a negotiation between the department and the ranch managers.

The Special Management Zone (SPZ) contains quality elk habitat, where most of the land is owned by private entities (see Figure SPZ-01 below).

Private land elk hunting authorizations on these ranches are allocated through a negotiation between the NMDGF and the ranch managers1.

Private land elk hunting authorizations in the SPZ are Ranch Only (RO).

GMU 46, GMU 54 west of NM State Road 199, and GMU 55A are inside the SPZ.

The SPZ includes land in Colfax, Mora, and small parts of Taos and San Miguel Counties.

The SPZ GMUs are shown in Map SPZ-01 in light blue.

Special Management Zone for the EPLUS system with landowndership map.

Map SPZ-02. The Special Management Zone (SPZ) is shown in this map (blue borders) with a land-ownership overlay.  New Mexico county borders are shown in red.  From this map, one can see that the majority of the GMUs in the SPZ consist of private lands.

Figure SPZ-01. The ownership fraction for the Special Management Zone GMUs for the different land owner and land manager categories is shown here.  Most of the Special Management Zone is privately owned (P)—source 2022 NMDGF data.