State Land Hunting Access
Effective April 1, 2020 – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish negotiated an easement with the State Land Office to secure access to most State Trust Lands for hunters and anglers during the 2020-2021 license year ending March 31, 2021. The easement includes:
• A pilot program for dispersed and roadside camping
• A pilot program for backpacking
• An increase in the number of days hunters are allowed to scout on state trust land from 7 days to 14 days
• A provision that the Commissioner consult with the DGF Director prior to using her authority to withdraw land from the easement.
Click the links below for more information and a map of access points and camping areas.SLO SGC Easement Effective 04 01 2020 (State Game Commission Easement for Hunter and Angler Access on State Lands Trust Lands, effective April 1, 2020)
Expires March 31, 2020 – The Department of Game and Fish has obtained a lease with the State Land Office to secure access to most State Trust Lands for hunters and anglers during seasons from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2020. The easement lease includes improved signage at access points and camping in nine designated areas. Click the links below for more information and a map of access points and camping areas.AGM SLO SGC Easement (Campground Addendum) Effective 04-01-2017 (State Game Commission Easement for Hunter and Angler Access on State Lands Trust Lands, effective April 1, 2017)
Hunters and Unitization
To take advantage of the hunting opportunities unitized ranches provide, hunters must have a valid license for the season and species identified in each agreement. Each agreement specifies the hunting season(s) and species which apply.
Also, to assist and inform hunters in the field, signs will be posted on public and private property where unitization agreements are in effect. Game animals taken on private land without landowner permission or taken on public land without a private-land license will be seized.
Unitized Ranch Agreements & Maps
Click the links below for 2020-2021 contract agreements and maps for unitized ranches in southeastern New Mexico. Please note: L Bar Pintosa Unitization (GMU 38) is no longer valid. (10-23-2019)
Unitized Ranch Information
The “unitization” agreements among the State Land Office or Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Department and several landowners in the southeastern part of the state are designed to benefit sportsmen and landowners. Under the agreements, unitized State Trust or BLM land would be treated as private property and would be closed to hunting and trapping. The private lands covered under the agreements then would be open to public hunters and trappers. Unitization agreements give hunters and trappers access to private land while providing landowners greater flexibility in maintaining ranching operations on often-landlocked public lands.