The southeastern part of the state in Unit 30 near Carlsbad and Unit 34 near Alamogordo supports stable mule deer populations and has over-the-counter tags and respectable hunting success. If you’re looking for a trophy mule deer, try the draw hunts, including units 51 and 52 west of Taos and 2B near Farmington. For Coues whitetails, the southwest region limited-entry hunts are the ticket, with reasonable success in units 23 and 27. Contact: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (800-862-9310; www.gmfsh.state.nm.us).
Deer Forecast 2003