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Last Updated: 4/18/2014


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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What's New! (Click for more information)

Applicants for bighorn sheep,
oryx and ibex hunting licenses
eligible for full refunds

Request for Proposals (RFP)
for Financial & Compliance Audit Services
Due Date: April 22, 2014

For review and comment:
Hunting rule development proposals for 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 hunting seasons

2014 big-game rib cover
  • The deadline has passed to apply for 2014 deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, oryx, Barbary sheep, ibex and javelina draw licenses. Draw results will be available April 23rd.

  • 2014 Bear and Turkey Draw hunt results are now available. Click Here to check results.

Issues and Answers

Be Bear Aware

Black bear Help keep New Mexico's black bears alive while protecting yourself and your property.

Proposals for Discussion

Review and comment current proposals before NM State Game Commission


Threatened & Endangered Species Of NM 2014 Biennial Review (90 Day Draft Review)

Online License System

Access the Online License System to obtain your Customer Identification Number, apply for draw hunts, purchase licenses, print free permits, check draw results and more.

Aquatic Invasive Species

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

Trapping and Hunting in Wolf Country

For rules and information on hunting and trapping in wolf country, click here.

OHV Information

ohv riders Hunting with your OHV?
Know B4 U Go

NMDGF 2013-18 Strategic Plan

Click here to download.


Events and Opportunities

sitting position Scores are Here for the
NM 2014 State Champion
NASP Tournament
sitting position Learn about New Mexico's Mentored-Youth Hunting Program and take the quiz
dove Open Gate: Private land hunting access
fishingclass Schedule a free fishing
clinic for your school or community.
hunter education Become a volunteer hunter education instructor.

100 Years of Conservation

100 Years of Conservation in New Mexico


April 17: Improvements underway at the hammond tract wildlife management area

April 15: Hunters in northwest New Mexico invited to give input on big-game hunting rules

April 15: Hunters in southwest New Mexico invited to give input on big-game hunting rules

April 15: Hunters in northeast New Mexico Give input on big-game hunting rules

April 9: Pecos canyon fishing, camping areas to reopen - Remember to buy your license or permit before you go

April 8: Department of Game and Fish releases bobcats back into the wild

April 3: Game Commission names finalists for next Game and Fish Director

April 2: Game Commission properties in Pecos Canyon to reopen

April 2: Fishing season begins

March 27: Citizens committees will meet to recommend Habitat Stamp projects

March 26: Applicants for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex hunting licenses eligible for full refunds

March 25: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Plan Nears 4 Million Acres, Industry Enrollment Provides Nearly $21 Million for Habitat Conservation

March 24: Eagle Nest Lake Open to Boating

March 24: Court ruling gives New Mexico resident hunters better odds in drawings for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex

March 19: Rio Grande Gorge Stocked with Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

More news...



Rules and Information


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