Jicarilla Hunting Blog


Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, April 14, 2017


Sporting Classics Magazine has presented the Jicarilla Apache Nation with their 2017 Sporting Classics “SPORTING HERITAGE AWARD.”

The long and storied history of northern New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache Nation has been one of leadership and dedication in the management of its fish and wildlife resources to propagate and sustain those populations for future generations,” said Sporting Classics in their March-April 2017 issue, in which the Award was announced. Then they continued, “Established in 1887 and with modern-day emphasis on trophy mule deer and elk management, the Jicarilla Apache Reservation has produced more record-book bucks than any other location in the West and is the world’s number one destination for Boone & Crockett mule deer.”

This coveted international award recognizes the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s longstanding leadership and commitment to excellence in both the vision and the implementation of one of the most successful wildlife management programs in history, along with the dedication of the people who implemented it and continue to oversee its success.

The Award itself is on display in the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s Game and Fish Department (38 Airport Road). 


Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

For the big Muley nuts out there! Kendra White tagged a true giant on opening day of the 2016 Tribal Hunt. The buck has an inside spread of 31", and 50" of extras! Congratulations to Kendra on a buck of a lifetime and the largest buck killed on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in over a decade!

Jicarilla Bulls

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I am a firm believer that September in the woods is a great place to be! Here are a few pictures that support my position. Enjoy!


Pending NM State Record Black Bear

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Big News!

A black bear harvested this Spring on the Jicarilla Apache Nation has been measured by a B&C official measurer in Texas to be the new NM State Record.  The score of 23 1/16 surpasses the old record by a whopping 1 2/16"! As it stands, this black bear would be in the top 10 in the world. 

Congratulations to the hunter Thomas B. Lyne III, and his Jicarilla guide Duane Callado.

Hope your fall is going well!



Youth or Experience?

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This hunting season has yielded some exceptional animals. A couple of which were harvested by Jicarilla Tribal Member Youth who have attended and successfully completed the NM Hunters Safety Certification Program held by the Department. Kudos to all who are involved in getting youth involved in the outdoors and congratulations to these 2 lucky (and skilled) hunters.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Bucks and Bulls

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello all,

I am proud to report another good year for Horse Lake Mesa Bull Elk and Tribal Deer Hunts. Despite ongoing drought, we have managed to grow and harvest some magnificent animals. Check out our photo gallery for up-to-date photos. Below is a buck that came in yesterday that scored a whopping 200 1/8 gross as a 3x4! 

I love this time of year!


Wildlife Biologist


Jicarilla Long-Beards

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, April 14, 2014

There is nothing better to do in Spring than chase gobblers, and in my opinion, no better place to hunt a Merriams than the Jicarilla!

Wrapping Hunting Season Up

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 30, 2013

Many thanks to the clients who hunted the Jicarilla Apache Nation in 2013! Despite drought conditions, 2013 hunts went well, with high success on many tremendous animals, including several world-class Mule deer, mature bulls, and freezer filling cow elk hunts.Not to forget, lion, bears, turkeys and waterfowl. 

Our photo gallery is constantly being updated as photos become available. The most recent is a great bull from our late season bull elk hunt, going on right now, as well as our Tribal Member Cooper-Neil Archery Mule deer hunt.

Seasons Greetings and a Prosperous New Year!

Jicarilla Game and FIsh Staff

2013 Mule Deer Summary

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello All,

Our 2013 Mule deer season has ended and I am proud to report another banner year! Tribal members harvested many mature bucks with an average of 180" gross and clients went 10 for 10 with an average gross score of 204! The Jicarilla is truly a one-of-a-kind place in the West for trophy Mule deer.

Look for our 2014 Hunting Proclamation online in March 2014. Applications will be due in late May.

Until then,


New Horse Lake Mesa Elk Video

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello again,

I just uploaded another Jicarilla Hunting Video into our "Videos" page. This one is from the Horse Lake Mesa Game Park. Its well worth the time.

Kyle Tator

Wildlife Biologist

Jicarilla Game and Fish