Mule Deer Hunting

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Mule deer hunting is allowed in specific areas on the east and west sides of the refuge during concurrent state of New Mexico deer seasons.

Please check our General Hunting page for a map. 

West Side of the Refuge


Primitive weapons -- This area is from the railroad tracks to west refuge boundary with the exception of areas near the crane viewing ponds along Highway 01. The closed crane viewing area is north of Gravel Pit Road where the eastern most hunting boundary shifts from the railroad tracks to a large ditch located on the west side of the Highway 01. Please look for and obey the open and closed to hunting signs in the area as well as view the hunting map. 

Modern firearms -- Power-line to west refuge boundary. Enter via Gravel Pit Road or the Chupadera National Recreation Trail. We only allow travel by foot in this hunt area, which is located in the Bosque del Apache Wilderness. 

Entry to the west side of the railroad tracks is either by State Highway 1, or via Gravel Pit Road. 



East Side of the Refuge


All legal weapons -- East bank of Rio Grande to the east refuge boundary. 

East side travel is only by foot, horseback, or bicycle. Bicycling is only allowed on established service roads. 

The easiest entry point is the gate at the end of Guadalajara Road. From San Antonio, travel east on Highway 380, turn right onto San Pedro Road and travel south, turn left on Guadalajara Road and travel to the end of the road. Park near the walk-through horse gate leading into the refuge, but do not block access to the service road or the gate. 

On the east boundary, additional walk-through horse gates are located to the north and south of Little San Pasqual Mountain. You may also carefully cross over the boundary fence at any point that legal entry is granted from the adjacent landowner. Please do not damage the fence.

Much of the east side of the refuge is designated wilderness. We do not allow overnight camping on the refuge.


Other Information


  • Mule deer hunting on the refuge is subject to all state of New Mexico and rules and regulations.
  • New Mexico Game and Fish Hunting Regulations can be found online or at many sporting good outlets.
  • Additional visitor use regulations may apply and are on our website in the rules and regulations section, under the visit tab.