Statistics Comparing Public Land and Private Land Elk Licenses

Statistics Comparing Public Land and Private Land Elk Licenses

The total license allocations for public and private lands in New Mexico are shown here.  The private land license allocations are also broken down by Primary Management Zone (PMZ), Secondary Management Zone (SMZ), and Special Management Zone (SPZ).  It is important to remember that SMZ private land elk hunting licenses are available on an unlimited basis and purchased over the counter (OTC) from the NMDGF with written land-owner permission. Hover over the charts to see more details.

Public land elk hunting licenses are allocated via a draw.  They are shown in green.

Interestingly, New Mexico contains approximately 46% private land (owned by individuals, not agencies or tribes), and the overall ratio of public land licenses to private land licenses is approximately 60/40.  This is a coincidence since elk are not uniformly distributed across the state.  Indeed, the allocation between public/private licenses in the PMZ is based on the public/private land ratio. However, the PMZ is where the highest density of elk is, and the allocation of licenses is not uniformly applied across the state.

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