Open Gate Property 155 (Cotton City, NM) Weatherby Ranch
Open Gate is a program that leases private lands to improve public access for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Open Gate leases are funded exclusively by hunters, anglers, and trappers through the purchase of the Habitat Management & Access Validation: HMAV.
Information: Weatherby Ranch consists of 3,200 deeded acres located just west of Cotton City, NM. The lower elevations of Weatherby Ranch are dominated by alkaline soils giving rise to sparse desert grassland interspersed with honey mesquite and creosote bush. These habitats attract javelina, dove, quail and act as travel corridors for mule deer. Approximately 118 acres in this lower elevation consists of an irrigated agricultural field planted in corn and winter wheat. The agricultural field attracts sandhill cranes, dove, quail, javelina, and mule deer. A transition zone dominated by gravelly loam soils occurs as you move upslope and is dominated by honey mesquite. Higher upslope, rocky loam soils arise and support mixed brush including prickly pear cactus, skunkbush sumac, and mountain mahogany. These higher elevations support mule deer, quail, and dove. Multiple drainages drop from the higher elevations to the flats below. These drainages are lined with a diversity of brush, forbs, and grasses and provide excellent travel corridors for mule deer and quail. Desert grasses are found throughout the ranch and multiple forb species can be found with adequate rainfall, providing additional cover and food sources for wildlife.
Purpose: The purpose of this Open Gate funded lease is to provide access for properly licensed hunters and trappers on or through the property owned by the landowner and improved access to adjacent public lands.
Permitted Activities: Hunting and trapping is permitted on this property during the seasons and dates specified in the Open Gate lease agreement between the Department of Game and Fish and the landowner as described below.
Access is allowed for the following permitted activities under statewide regulations set by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish:
|Permitted Activity||Available Dates||Remarks|
|Dove Hunting||Dove South Zone: Sept. 1-Oct. 29 and Dec. 2-Jan.1 ’18
Band-Tailed Pigeon – Southwest Season: Oct. 1-14
|Dove Bag/Possession: 15 Singly or Aggregate/45 In Possession
Band-Tailed Bag/Possession: 2 Per Day/6 In Possession
|Quail Hunting||Nov. 15, 2017 –
Feb. 15, 2018
|15 per day (no more than 5 Montezuma quail)/ 30 in possession (no more than 10 Montezuma quail).|
|Sandhill Crane Hunting||Oct. 28-Nov. 5 and Jan.6-7,’18||Sandhill Crane Bag/Possession: 3 Per Day/6 In Possession
*Southwest Hunt Area.
|Bighorn Sheep Hunting||Nov. 1 – 30, 2017||Peloncillos Hunt Area|
|Deer Hunting*||Any Legal Weapon:
Nov. 4 – 8, 2017
Nov. 11 – 15, 2017
Nov. 18 – 22, 2017
Dec. 2 – 10, 2017
|*Unit 27 Draw License Only|
|Javelina Hunting||Any Legal Sporting Arm, Youth Only:
Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, 2018
Feb. 1 – Mar. 1, 2018
|Cougar Hunting||Year round.||Cougar Management Zone L|
|Furbearer Hunting and Trapping||
Badger, Weasel, Fox, Ringtail and Bobcat:
Nov. 1, 2017 –
March 15, 2018
Beaver, Muskrat and Nutria:
Raccoon Trapping and Hunting:
Property Rules: The following rules will be posted on this property and enforced at the discretion of the Department of Game and Fish.
- This Open Gate Property is restricted to properly licensed users for the following activities: Hunting and Trapping. [Dove Hunting, Quail Hunting, Sandhill Crane Hunting, Bighorn Sheep Hunting, Deer Hunting, Javelina Hunting, Cougar Hunting, and Furbearer Hunting and Trapping].
- No access unless you are a properly licensed hunter or trapper.
- Each properly licensed hunter or trapper is allowed to be accompanied by no more than two guests.
- Scouting is only permitted during the two days immediately preceding the commencement of open season dates.
- No motor vehicle travel off designated roads or on closed roads.
- No destructive acts including: vandalism, graffiti, theft, removal or defacing natural features, resources or signs.
- No target practice.
- No consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- No camping.
- No fires.
- No littering
- Access allowed from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset.
- New Mexico Statute prohibits discharge of a firearm within 150 yards of a dwelling or building without permission of the structure’s owner or lessee.
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