For mature mule deer bucks, hunt the general-tag units in the southeast. Tags can be purchased over the counter. For a mix of Texas whitetails and mule deer, head to the Sacramento Mountains and Lincoln National Forest (potential fires are variables here). Find Coues whitetails in southwestern New Mexico, namely Units 23, 26 and 27. Take deer to check stations for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing.
Contact: NMDGF (505-476-8000; www.gmfsh.state.nm.us).