New Mexico Wildlife

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations

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Last Updated: 12/15//2014

Our Mission: To conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the state of New Mexico using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety; and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic, and resource values while ensuring public safety.

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Aquatic Invasive Species

Help keep New Mexico's lakes free of invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels.

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The Bernardo Waterfowl Area tour route opens Dec. 17 & 18 at 10AM to allow for sandhill crane trapping.

Licenses still available: Youth Encouragement elk, and javelina.

All late-season archery elk hunts have sold out.


Nov 13: Study: N.M. hunters, anglers spend more than $613 million

Oct 21: Late-season archery elk licenses available online Oct. 29

Oct 14: Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting seasons

Oct 1: Rio Grande cutthroat trout no longer endangered species candidate

Sept 9: Bighorn hunters will have more options, opportunities in 2015

Sept 8: Game and Fish partners with BLM to provide mobile big-game hunting unit maps

Sept 2: Hunting seasons open for doves, grouse, squirrels, band-tailed pigeons; pellet guns approved for collared doves, grouse, squirrels

Aug 22: Bear and cub captured near downtown Santa Fe

Aug 8: Mimbres River Ranch purchase benefits wildlife, habitat

Aug 7: New bighorn sheep herd to be established in Santa Fe National Forest

Aug 6: Learn more about the Responsible Hunter Program

Aug 1: Fish for big cats at Villanueva State Park

July 28: Expect roadblocks statewide during fall hunting seasons

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Recent Studies

The Economic Contributions of Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping in New Mexico 2013
fishingclass New Mexico’s hunters and anglers contribute more than $613 million to the state’s economy. Read the study by Southwick Associates.

Migratory Bird Rules

Visit our Hunting page to download
PDF and additional maps.


2014 big-game rib cover

2014-2015 Hunting

Fishing Rules & Information Book for 2014-2015 from New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

2014-2015 Fishing


· Request for Proposal: #15-516-2101-00001
Endangered Species Legal Service

· Request for Proposal: #15-516-210- 00004
Professional Legal Services

· See the Procurement page for details.

NMDGF 2013-18 Strategic Plan

   Click here to download.