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Last Updated: 07/07/2009

Core Occupied Elk Range Maps


The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish continually works to improve the distribution of landowner elk authorizations. As part of the process, the Department provides the Core Occupied Elk Range (COER) maps for public viewing. The following maps represent the Core Occupied Elk Range (COER) by Game Management Unit (GMU). The COER represents areas within the state of New Mexico where the Department is actively managing elk and elk habitat. In some cases the entire GMU may be within the COER, in others only portions of the GMU will be within the COER. Landowners that are already participants in the Elk Private Lands Use System (E-PLUS), formerly the Landowner Sign-up System (LOSS), will be receiving a new agreement in the mail, (signed agreements due back to the Department by February 1). Landowners with property within the COER who have not already signed up for E-PLUS will be eligible to apply for participation by the annual February 1 deadline. Applications for E-PLUS can be downloaded from the Hunting page. Landowners with property in areas that are not within the COER can call their Area Game Manager to negotiate hunting opportunities specific to their deeded private land. The negotiated hunting opportunities on these properties will be limited to ranch-only hunts within the boundaries of the deeded land.



  Click Here To View COER Maps By Unit
(PDF files)

For more information regarding these maps please contact:


NW Area Office

Bill Taylor - Area Game Manager

NM Dept of Game and Fish

3841 Midway Place NE

Albuquerque NM 87109

(505) 222-4700


NE Area Office
Ryan Walker - Area Game Manager
NM Dept of Game and Fish
215 York Canyon Rd
Raton NM 87740
(575) 445-2311

SW Area Office

Kevin Rodden - Area Game Manager

NM Dept of Game and Fish

2715 Northrise Dr

Las Cruces NM 88011

(575) 532-2100

SE Area Office
Ryan McBee - Area Game Manager
NM Dept of Game and Fish
1912 W. Second St
Roswell NM 88201
(575) 624-6135
  Wildlife Management Division - Santa Fe
Cal Baca - Private Land Programs Manager
NM Dept. of Game and Fish
PO Box 25112
Santa Fe NM 87504
(505) 476-8044