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#6761555 - 05/11/17 04:45 PM Clayton New Mexico Game
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What is the quality of Antelope and Mule Deer just to the west of Clayton?
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#6761572 - 05/11/17 05:00 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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Antelope = very good.
Mule deer = So-so.
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#6761591 - 05/11/17 05:15 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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I hunted Antelope there years ago and it was very good. Never saw any MD but plenty of Rattlesnakes.
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#6761613 - 05/11/17 05:51 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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Plenty of antelope, can't remember ever seeing any mule deer.
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#6761818 - 05/11/17 08:43 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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hunted antelope there for years - very good hunting -
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#6761825 - 05/11/17 08:47 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: dogcatcher]
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Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Plenty of antelope, can't remember ever seeing any mule deer.


Hunted antelope there for several years also. There are scattered mule deer around the couple or three isolated mountains and foothills as one moves west towards Raton. I have not hunted them - but have seen them in the meat lockers. My information on them comes from the hunters, locker guys, and a couple visits with local GWs. The deer I saw were nothing to write home about as far as size goes. Saw a few bears - all small also.
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#6761841 - 05/11/17 08:58 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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Thanks guys, looks like I may have a chance to get my hands on 6 Antelope landowner tags and 4 Mule Deer tags for 2018 on a 21,000 acre ranch. I don't really care about the Antelope tags, will probably sell those. I really care about the 4 MD tags. I know there's Antelope and Mule Deer on the ranch, was just curious about the quality.
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#6761850 - 05/11/17 09:10 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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Originally Posted By: Stompy
What is the quality of Antelope and Mule Deer just to the west of Clayton?


Can be Very very Good, with also some big 350plus bulls north of there

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#6761873 - 05/11/17 09:30 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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Originally Posted By: Stompy
Thanks guys, looks like I may have a chance to get my hands on 6 Antelope landowner tags and 4 Mule Deer tags for 2018 on a 21,000 acre ranch. I don't really care about the Antelope tags, will probably sell those. I really care about the 4 MD tags. I know there's Antelope and Mule Deer on the ranch, was just curious about the quality.


This year probably good with early spring rains. Ranches are just like Texas. Managed well you will have good deer and goats. Those desert mulies are a little different breed, little harder to find but they are there.

Further north you get, better the deer seem to get but also bigger the ranches.

Also some really big bulls not to far north of there.

I personally think the state record Big Horn will eventually come out of 58 also.

My ranch isn't to far from there


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#6763007 - 05/13/17 08:16 AM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Stompy]
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I might be interested in one of those landowner antelope tags if you do sell them.

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#6763737 - 05/14/17 08:33 AM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Plenty of antelope, can't remember ever seeing any mule deer.


Hunted antelope there for several years also. There are scattered mule deer around the couple or three isolated mountains and foothills as one moves west towards Raton. I have not hunted them - but have seen them in the meat lockers. My information on them comes from the hunters, locker guys, and a couple visits with local GWs. The deer I saw were nothing to write home about as far as size goes. Saw a few bears - all small also.
is there a black bear hunt season in N.M.?
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#6764056 - 05/14/17 04:57 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Plenty of antelope, can't remember ever seeing any mule deer.


Hunted antelope there for several years also. There are scattered mule deer around the couple or three isolated mountains and foothills as one moves west towards Raton. I have not hunted them - but have seen them in the meat lockers. My information on them comes from the hunters, locker guys, and a couple visits with local GWs. The deer I saw were nothing to write home about as far as size goes. Saw a few bears - all small also.
is there a black bear hunt season in N.M.?


Yes around Clayton it's a tri unit management zone with 35 bear quota. Aug-Nov roughly

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#6764545 - 05/15/17 09:31 AM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Antelope = very good.
Mule deer = So-so.


This

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#6766055 - 05/16/17 07:06 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: Erny]
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decoy

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Originally Posted By: Erny
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Antelope = very good.
Mule deer = So-so.


This


Except the net 225 killed not to far from Clayton last year. Northeast NM isn't Rio Arriba but lots of good management is making a difference.

Lots of big North Eastern NM deer posted on this forum actually....

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#6766807 - 05/17/17 01:52 PM Re: Clayton New Mexico Game [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Stompy
Thanks guys, looks like I may have a chance to get my hands on 6 Antelope landowner tags and 4 Mule Deer tags for 2018 on a 21,000 acre ranch. I don't really care about the Antelope tags, will probably sell those. I really care about the 4 MD tags. I know there's Antelope and Mule Deer on the ranch, was just curious about the quality.


This year probably good with early spring rains. Ranches are just like Texas. Managed well you will have good deer and goats. Those desert mulies are a little different breed, little harder to find but they are there.

Further north you get, better the deer seem to get but also bigger the ranches.

Also some really big bulls not to far north of there.

I personally think the state record Big Horn will eventually come out of 58 also.

My ranch isn't to far from there



BOBO said it right, the right ranches can produce big deer, elk, bear and sheep. Its all about management. Not tons of deer in that part of the state so if you shoot lots of bucks year after year you won't have the age class needed to grow big deer. 4 mule deer off 21000 acres is a lot to me, but kind of depends on your goals. My goal would be 180+ and you can't shoot that many off 21000 and expect that.
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