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San Andres National Wildlife Refuge
(505) 382-5047
P.O. Box 756
Las Cruces, NM
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Custom Cartridge Company
(505) 523-7900
3225 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM
 
Las Cruces Country Club-Pro Shop
(575) 526-9723
2700 N Main St
Las Cruces, NM
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(575) 522-0555
3060 E Lohman Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 
Custom Cartridge Company
(575) 523-7900
3225 S Main St
Las Cruces, NM
 
Gila Lower Box Canyon
(505) 525-4300
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM
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Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Wildlife Viewing

Archery Hut Supply & Repairs
(575) 522-7468
1400 E Idaho Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 
Ride On Sports
(575) 521-1686
525 S Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM
 
Hibbett Sports
(575) 532-0466
700 S Telshor Blvd Ste 1546
Las Cruces, NM
 
Dive Quest Scuba
(575) 525-3483
2005 Del Mar Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 

Pronghorn: The Perfect Beginners' Big Game Animal

Imagine you were given the assignment of designing a perfect big game hunt for novice hunters. Your objective would be to make the hunt fun and exciting so the new hunter would come away with a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors. It would be great if the hunt had some exotic appeal, something a little out of the ordinary so the new hunter wants to keep coming back for more. A high probability of success would be essential. No matter their age, beginning hunters don't want to wait several years to harvest an animal.

You'd probably want to eliminate most late season hunts. Dragging beginning hunters out into cold, wet, or snowy weather in pursuit of any animal carries high risk of disappointment. When someone is soaked and freezing it is hard to appreciate that it is the peak of the rut and you are holding out for a whopper.

Stand hunting probably isn't a great choice, unless it is an area crawling with game. Few things are more boring that sitting for hours, hoping that an animal will appear. That's especially true if you stick a first-time hunter alone in a tree stand and tell him you'll be back to pick him up in three or four hours. If an animal doesn't appear in the first few minutes, those hours are going to seem to take an eternity.

Forget about a wilderness hunt or one where you must backpack or camp in a tent. For someone not experienced in the outdoors, camping by itself can be stressful and frightening. I have a friend who introduced his brother to hunting by taking him on a backcountry elk hunt on horses. It snowed four feet the first night and the younger brother was convinced they would never make it out alive. In five days they did not see an elk and the brother has never gone on another hunt.

Chances are, no matter what criteria you defined for this perfect beginners' big game hunt, pronghorn antelope would rise to the top of the list.

The only real drawback of hunting pronghorns is that they are limited to the western third of the United States. But they still range over many states and populations have increased to the point that they are a nuisance in many areas.

Here are some of the factors, traits and behaviors that make pronghorn antelope a great choice as a first big game animal for beginning hunters:

Highly visible - Pronghorns prefer open country so they can see any approaching danger a long ways off. This also makes it possible for hunters to see them from long distances. Unlike other animals whose coloration blends in with the surroundings, pronghorns have a white rump patch that tends to stand out like a pimple on a prom date.

In wide open country even hunters with minimal experience in spotting game have little trouble picking out herds of antelope. My two-year-old granddaughter came along on an early fall ranch hunt for pronghorns this year. She had no trouble spotting them in the alfalfa fields several hundred yards away.

Spot and stalk - The fact that they are easy to see means the best huntin...

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New Mexico Hunting Regulations

Age Requirement:

Youths under 18 may hunt with certificate of having passed hunter education course.

Education Requirement:

Hunter Education is required of persons under the age of 18 prior to hunting with a firearm, purchasing or applying for a firearms hunting license. Bowhunter Education is not mandatory, but is highly recommened.

Bow Education Required:

Orange Required: