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Last Updated: 08/21/2014

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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The State Game Commission August 21st meeting has been cancelled.
A special meeting is scheduled:
Thursday, August 28 at 9 a.m.,
Room 321 at the NM State Capitol Building, Santa Fe.

Please call 888-248-6866 for more information.

Youth Encouragement Elk Licenses now available online.

Leftover deer, javelina licenses are still available.

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

Aquatic Invasive Species

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

Get the Bear Facts

If you really care... don't feed bears! Help keep
New Mexico's black bears alive while protecting yourself and your property.

NMDGF 2013-18 Strategic Plan

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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

July 25: Plague activity continues in the East Mountain Grant area

July 16: Hunting licenses still available for elk, deer and javelina

July 10: Off-highway Vehicle Program announces grant awards for 2014

July 10: Department of game and fish officers busy over holiday

July 9: Mule deer poached near Carrizozo: reward offered

July 3: Catch outdoor rewards this Independence Day

July 1: Aerial survey shows lesser prairie-chicken population increased 20% in 2014

June 26: More than 2,000 youth elk licenses for sale beginning July 9

June 23: Fishing bag limits, tackle restrictions lifted on Santa Fe river

June 16: Leftover deer, javelina licenses go on sale online at 10 a.m. June 25

June 9: Free children’s fishing derby June 14 in Santa Fe

June 4: Anglers out in force over Memorial Day

June 4: Unprecedented effort protects prairie chicken habitat in five states

June 2: Saturday, June 7, is free fishing day in New Mexico; youth clinics statewide

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More Rules and Information Guides


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

Events and Opportunities

Reel in tagged fish up to $200 each.

See our press release for more on rules and contact information.

Purchase a fishing license online.
hunter education

Events and Opportunities

fishingclass Schedule a free fishing
clinic for your school or community.


New in Publications

Latest edition New Mexico Wildlife, Summer 2014 available now on our Publications page.