Antelope (A-PLUS) Private Lands

NOTE – The E-PLUS (Elk Private Land) information has moved to its own page.

A-PLUS: Antelope Private Lands Use System (New Mexico Game and Fish) recognizes the contribution of landowners to antelope management and offers sport hunting opportunities. (Photo by Martin Perea).

Hunters can purchase antelope private-land licenses online. Follow the instructions below to purchase your private-land antelope license through the Online License System.

A-PLUS Program

The Antelope Private Lands Use System (A-PLUS) program was created in recognition of the important benefits that private lands make to the pronghorn antelope populations and hunting opportunities in New Mexico. The program gives hunters and landowners a way to work together to effectively hunt and manage pronghorn antelope on private lands.

Through A-PLUS, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish distributes a portion of the state’s pronghorn antelope hunting opportunity to private landowners. Landowners receive private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates from the Department which can be used by hunters to buy private-land pronghorn antelope licenses.

The Antelope Private Lands Use System program is authorized and regulated by:
* Chapter 17 – Game and Fish and Outdoor Recreation: 17-1-14, 17-1-26, 17-3-14, and 17-3-14.2 NMSA 1978.
* Title 19 – Natural Resources and Wildlife: 19.30.12, 19.31.3, and 19.31.15 NMAC.

NMDGF uses the A-PLUS program to manage pronghorn antelope hunts on New Mexico private lands.

Hunters

Click the Hunters: Private Lands tab (above) for more information about private-land pronghorn antelope hunting in New Mexico. To learn more about buying a private-land pronghorn antelope license, you may also visit the Licenses and Permits section of this website or consult the current New Mexico Rules & Info booklet.

Click the Hunters: Public Draw tab (above) for more information about pronghorn antelope hunting on private lands as a regular draw applicant.

Landowners

Landowners enrolled in the A-PLUS program may be eligible to receive private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates. If you are a private landowner interested in the A-PLUS program or are already enrolled in the A-PLUS program, please click the Landowners tab (above) for more information.

Quick File Links

A-PLUS Application 2017-2018

A-PLUS Assignment of Authorized Ranch Contact Form

A-PLUS Landowner List 2016 (Updated 08-09-2016)

A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions

A-PLUS Schedule 2017-2018

Links to Rule

19.30.12 Pronghorn License Allocation System Rule (link)

19.31.15 Pronghorn Antelope Rule (link)

19.31.3 Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule (link)

Hunting Pronghorn Antelope on Private Lands with Private-land Licenses

It is the hunter’s responsibility to ensure they understand all the rules and regulations for hunting pronghorn antelope in New Mexico; please consult the current New Mexico Rules & Info booklet before hunting. Hunters must be properly licensed to hunt pronghorn antelope on private land.

The A-PLUS program distributes private-land antelope authorization certificates to landowners. Landowners may transfer the authorization certificates to hunters or their agents. A hunter may use an authorization certificate to buy a private-land pronghorn antelope license for a specific pronghorn antelope hunt.

A ranch-only authorization certificate allows a hunter to buy a ranch-only private-land pronghorn antelope license. Ranch-only hunters are restricted to the private land and public land within the boundaries of the ranch.

A unit-wide authorization certificate allows a hunter to buy a unit-wide private-land pronghorn antelope license. Unit-wide hunters are allowed to hunt legally accessible public lands and private lands of participating ranches within the boundaries of the Game Management Unit (GMU) for which the license was issued.

Hunters can use pronghorn antelope authorization certificates to buy private-land pronghorn antelope licenses in New Mexico.

Unit-wide private lands are open to properly licensed pronghorn antelope hunters during each public pronghorn antelope hunt for the sole purpose of hunting pronghorn antelope. Hunters are allowed free, equal, and unrestricted access to unit-wide ranches in the GMU for which the license was issued. Unit-wide ranches are not open for camping. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt.

Finding a Private-land Pronghorn Antelope Authorization Certificate

Private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates may be obtained from landowners who have been issued them for the current hunting season. Any arrangements for authorization certificates are between the landowner and hunter. Hunters may check the A-PLUS landowner list, by following the link below, to find landowners who have been issued authorization certificates and to find landowners participating as unit-wide ranches. The list is provided as a courtesy from the Department of Game and Fish. It is normally updated each year in May-June.

The Landowner List (click here) – These landowners have been issued one or more authorization certificates for their land.

Maps of Ranches Participating as Unit-wide

Participating unit-wide ranch boundary maps for the current license year are listed below. The maps provide the general location of the A-PLUS ranch. Ranch boundaries may not be exact. Contact the Ranch Contact for specific ranch information. Refer to USGS or BLM quadrangle maps for more detailed mapping.

Hunters can use the landowner list to find private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates.

Purchasing a Private-land Pronghorn Antelope License

An authorization certificate is not a license; it allows a hunter to buy a private-land pronghorn antelope license. Once an authorization certificate is obtained or purchased from a landowner the authorization certificate must be converted into a private-land pronghorn antelope license. For instructions on how to convert an authorization certificate into a license, please click on the link below (A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions).

Icon of A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions

Hunters may not hold both a private-land pronghorn antelope license and a public draw pronghorn antelope license in the same license year, and may not exchange a public draw license for a private-land license. Private-land pronghorn antelope licenses are available online, by telephone (1-888-248-6866), and at NMDGF offices. They are not available over-the-counter (OTC) from other vendors. To buy a private-land pronghorn antelope license you will need to have the following information:

  • Ranch Number
  • Authorization Certificate Number
  • Hunt Code

For additional information and instructions about buying a private-land pronghorn antelope license, you may also visit the Licenses and Permits section of this website or consult the current New Mexico Rules & Info booklet.

Private-land Pronghorn Antelope License Fees

License Type Resident Nonresident
All Types $69 $292

Harvest Reporting

Harvest reporting is mandatory for all licensed pronghorn antelope hunters. The deadline to file a harvest report for a pronghorn antelope license is February 15th. Harvest reports filed after this deadline will be subject to an $8 late fee. Licensed pronghorn antelope hunters who do not report will be ineligible the following year for all draw applications, population management authorizations, and private-land authorizations.

Hunting Pronghorn Antelope on Private Lands with Draw Licenses

It is the hunter’s responsibility to ensure they understand all the rules and regulations for hunting pronghorn antelope in New Mexico; please consult the current New Mexico Rules & Info booklet before hunting. Hunters must be properly licensed to hunt pronghorn antelope on private land.

The A-PLUS program distributes authorization certificates to qualifying landowners and also provides hunting opportunity to public hunters. Ranches that have public grazing leases from the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the State Land Office (SLO) enroll these lands in the A-PLUS program which contributes to their ranch’s total qualifying antelope habitat. The number of authorization certificates given to the ranch is then split by the ratio of private land to public land.

NMDGF uses the A-PLUS Program to provide public draw hunters access to private lands in New Mexico.

Successful draw applicants that applied to a hunt code with an asterisk (*) in the current New Mexico Rules & Info booklet will be assigned to a ranch. Hunters will receive a letter from the Department in May that contains information about the ranch they were assigned, contact details of the ranch contact and a map of the ranch boundary. Hunters are restricted to the private land and public land within the boundaries of the ranch; no other land may be hunted. Both private-land hunters which purchased a private-land authorization certificate from a landowner and public draw hunters which were assigned to the ranch are allowed free, equal, and unrestricted access to the ranch. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt.

Unit-wide private lands are open to properly licensed pronghorn antelope hunters during each public pronghorn antelope hunt for the sole purpose of hunting pronghorn antelope (e.g., Muzzleloader, Crossbow and Bow hunts in GMUs 29, 50 (north of Hwy. 64) and 52). Hunters are allowed free, equal, and unrestricted access to unit-wide ranches in the GMU for which the license was issued. Unit-wide ranches are not open for camping. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt. Hunters may check the A-PLUS landowner list, by following the link below, to find landowners who are participating in unit-wide GMUs. The list is provided as a courtesy from the Department of Game and Fish. It is normally updated each year in May-June.

The Landowner List (click here) – These landowners have been issued one or more authorization certificates for their land.

Maps of Ranches Participating as Unit-wide

Participating unit-wide ranch boundary maps for the current license year are listed below. The maps provide the general location of the A-PLUS ranch. Ranch boundaries may not be exact. Contact the Ranch Contact for specific ranch information. Refer to USGS or BLM quadrangle maps for more detailed mapping.

Hunters can apply to pronghorn antelope hunt codes that are assigned to private-land ranches in New Mexico.

Draw Pronghorn Antelope License Fees

License Type Resident Nonresident
All Types $60 $283

Harvest Reporting

Harvest reporting is mandatory for all licensed pronghorn antelope hunters. The deadline to file a harvest report for a pronghorn antelope license is February 15th. Harvest reports filed after this deadline will be subject to an $8 late fee. Licensed pronghorn antelope hunters who do not report will be ineligible the following year for all draw applications, population management authorizations, and private-land authorizations.

General Information

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Department) distributes private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates to landowners through the A-PLUS program.

The goal of the A-PLUS program is to give landowners and hunters a way to work together to effectively hunt and manage pronghorn antelope on private lands in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Landowners that qualify for the program may receive authorization certificates. These authorization certificates can be bartered, sold, or traded to hunters. An authorization certificate may be used by a hunter to buy a private-land pronghorn antelope license. If a ranch contains leased public land the ranch will receive assigned public hunters.

Authorization Certificates

There are two types of authorization certificates. These are ranch-only and unit-wide.

A ranch-only authorization certificate allows a hunter to buy a ranch-only private-land pronghorn antelope license. Ranch-only hunters are restricted to the private land and public land within the boundaries of the ranch. Private hunters and assigned public hunters are allowed free, equal, and unrestricted access to ranch-only ranches. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt.

A unit-wide authorization certificate allows a hunter to buy a unit-wide private-land pronghorn antelope license. Unit-wide hunters are allowed to hunt legally accessible public lands and the private lands of participating ranches within the boundaries of the Game Management Unit (GMU) for which the license was issued. Only ranches within GMUs 29, 50 (north of Hwy. 64) and 52 are issued unit-wide authorization certificates.

Unit-wide private lands are open to properly licensed pronghorn antelope hunters during each public pronghorn antelope hunt for the sole purpose of hunting pronghorn antelope. Hunters are allowed free, equal, and unrestricted access to unit-wide ranches within the GMU for which the license was issued. Camping is not allowed on the private land of unit-wide ranches. Scouting may occur during legal shooting hours during the two days immediately preceding the start of the hunt.

The sale of landowner authorization certificates may result in a Gross Receipts Tax liability. Contact a qualified tax professional if you have questions.

It is the responsibility of the Landowner/Authorized Ranch Contact to maintain records regarding the sale of authorization certificates. The Department of Game and Fish does not maintain these records.

NMDGF uses the A-PLUS Program to manage pronghorn antelope hunts on New Mexico private lands..

How private-land authorization certificates are allocated to individual landowners

Private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates will be issued to landowners each year in May. If a landowner has been issued an authorization certificate, they will receive an Authorization Account Statement in the mail. The Authorization Account Statement will contain a list of the authorization certificates and contact details for public hunters, if assigned.

The number of authorization certificates issued to an individual landowner is based upon a formula that takes into consideration the qualifying acreage of the property, the property’s Pronghorn Density Rating (PDR), as assigned by the Department during the enrollment process, and the minimum qualifying acreage required to receive 1 mature buck authorization certificate. The number of private-land authorization certificates issued to each ranch is determined by qualifying private deeded acreage. The number of public hunters assigned to each ranch is determined by qualifying public leased acreage.

For ranches that are outside core occupied pronghorn antelope range (COAR), the Regional Wildlife Biologist distributes authorization certificates to all outside COAR ranches within a Game Management Unit (GMU). The number of private-land authorization certificates issued to each ranch is determined by qualifying private deeded acreage. The number of public hunters assigned to each ranch is determined by qualifying public leased acreage.

A Special Management Property (SMP) receives authorization certificates as agreed upon with the Department. A SMP is a property that provides unique contributions to Department pronghorn management goals. Landowners that elect to participate as an SMP property shall be required to develop a pronghorn management plan in cooperation with the Department that determines hunting opportunity based upon land status and special contributions to pronghorn antelope. The number of private-land authorization certificates issued to each ranch is determined by qualifying private deeded acreage. The number of public hunters assigned to each ranch is determined by qualifying public leased acreage.

Female/immature male (F-IM) authorization certificates and licenses will be issued within GMUs with sufficient populations to provide additional hunting opportunity. The allocation will be to appropriate public and private lands based on harvest objectives of the GMU. The number of private-land authorization certificates issued to each ranch is determined by qualifying private deeded acreage. The number of public hunters assigned to each ranch is determined by qualifying public leased acreage.

All qualifying ranches assigned public draw hunters shall be issued one authorization certificate valid for a free pronghorn antelope license pursuant to 17-3-14 NMSA 1978.

Qualifications

To qualify for participation in the A-PLUS program a private property must make a meaningful contribution to pronghorn antelope and meet the following conditions:

  1. The property (private and/or public) must lie within pronghorn antelope habitat.
  2. The property (private and/or public) must provide meaningful benefits to pronghorn antelope, at least occasionally.

In addition, the landowner must agree that:

  1. Participation is voluntary.
  2. Number of authorization certificates available is subject to change annually.
  3. A specific number of authorization certificates cannot be guaranteed each year.
  4. They will accept pronghorn antelope on their participating lands.
  5. They are subject to an annual review.

Applications

A-PLUS applications are available online (see Quick File Links section at the bottom of the page), at any Department of Game and Fish office, or by calling 1-888-248-6866. Applications are normally available for the following year by June 15th. Applications must be submitted to the Department, hand delivered or post marked, no later than October 31st. Applications submitted after the October 31st deadline and incomplete applications may be rejected. There is no fee to submit an A-PLUS application. Early submittal is encouraged to ensure the application is complete by the deadline.

The following documentation is required to be submitted with the application. Please see the application for more detailed information.

  1. Initial A-PLUS application.
  2. Copy of current recorded deed(s).
  3. Legal descriptions of property and acreage amounts for both private and public land.
  4. Ranch location and boundary map.
  5. Written directions to the property.
  6. Assignment of authorized ranch contact form – signatures must be notarized; one form per landowner.

Applications should be mailed or hand delivered to:

A-PLUS Program Manager
Wildlife Management Division
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Application Process

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. New applications will be evaluated to make sure they qualify for participation in the A-PLUS program.

Once the Department has received a complete application it can take up to 6 months for the Department to process the application and to notify the applicant of the outcome. Applications submitted during the hunting seasons may require longer processing time.

The applicant will be notified by mail if the Department determines that a property does not qualify to participate in the program. Non-qualifying landowners have the right to appeal the Department’s decision.

New Mexico landowners can qualify for private-land pronghorn antelope authorization certificates.

Participating Landowners

Participating landowners will receive an annual A-PLUS Hunting Agreement from the Department. Hunting Agreements are normally mailed during the first part of December. The Hunting Agreement must be signed by the Authorized Ranch Contact and returned to the Department, hand delivered or post marked, by no later than March 1st. Landowners/Authorized Ranch Contacts are responsible for reporting changes to their contact details and acreage or boundaries of their properties within their A-PLUS Hunting Agreements. Notification of changes must be accompanied by all required documentation as described in the A-PLUS Hunting Agreement. Changes submitted after October 31 will not be applied until the following hunting season. Click on A-PLUS Schedule (below) to view important dates for the current A-PLUS cycle.

A landowner may be removed from the A-PLUS program if the Department determines that the landowner has falsely represented a property or has failed to comply with the Department or the terms in the A-PLUS Hunting Agreement. Landowners that have been removed from the program may have their properties inactivated and all unconverted authorization certificates they have been issued will be voided. Any landowner that has been removed from the A-PLUS program for these reasons may be suspended from participating in Department sanctioned private lands programs for a period up to 3 years. They may also be subject to the revocation processes set forth in 19.31.2 NMAC.

Quick File Links

Icon of A-PLUS Application 2017-2018 A-PLUS Application 2017-2018 Icon of A-PLUS Assignment of Authorized Ranch Contact Form A-PLUS Assignment of Authorized Ranch Contact Form Icon of A-PLUS Landowner List 2016 (Updated 08-09-2016) A-PLUS Landowner List 2016 (Updated 08-09-2016) Icon of A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions A-PLUS / E-PLUS License Purchase Instructions Icon of A-PLUS Schedule 2017-2018 A-PLUS Schedule 2017-2018

Links to Rule

19.30.12 Pronghorn License Allocation System Rule (link)

19.31.15 Pronghorn Antelope Rule (link)

19.31.3 Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule (link)