Feb
12
Wed
Deadline: 2020 Bear & Turkey Draw Permit Application
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline to apply for bear and turkey draw permits. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). See 2020-21 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info.

Feb
15
Sat
Deadline: 2019–2020 Harvest Reports
Feb 15 all-day

Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey license holders. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. Late fees apply after this date.

Feb
19
Wed
Results: 2020 Bear & Turkey Draw Permits – Available Now
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am

Results (available as of 2-19-2020) for 2020 bear and turkey draw permits available online and telephone and at NMDGF offices. Permits can be printed on standard paper after the appropriate license(s) are purchased. Carcass tag required.

Mar
4
Wed
State Game Commission Public Meeting: Albuquerque @ NMDGF Northwest Region Office
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am

Visit Commission Meetings & Agendas for more information.

Mar
12
Thu
Public Meetings (Postponements): NM Wildlife Corridors Action Plan
Mar 12 all-day

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has begun developing the Wildlife Corridors Action Plan (Plan) in accordance with New Mexico Senate Bill 228, the Wildlife Corridors Act (Act).

  • Raton NMDGF Office, 215 York Canyon Road Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:30-8:00pm
  • Albuquerque NMDGF Office, 7816 Alamo Road NW Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Santa Fe Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 6:30-8:00pm
  • Farmington McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568, MultiPurpose Building (located south of Sun Ray Park & Casino), Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:30-8:00pm
  • Las Cruces NMDGF Office, 2715 Northside Drive Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:30-8:00pm
  • Santa Clara (Silver City), Santa Clara Community Center, 11990 Hwy 180 E., Santa Clara, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Postponed Roswell NMDGF Office, 1615 West College Boulevard, Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:30-8:00pm
  • Postponed Taos Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm

New Mexico Wildlife Corridors Action Plan: Public Meeting Information & Public Input Instructions

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has begun developing the Wildlife Corridors Action Plan (Plan) in accordance with New Mexico Senate Bill 228, the Wildlife Corridors Act (Act).

The Act, signed into law by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2019, directs the NMDOT and the NMDGF to develop the Plan for NMDOT roads statewide. The Plan will identify wildlife-vehicle collision hotspots that pose a risk to the traveling public, identify wildlife corridors from ecological data, and provide a list of priority projects based on the results of the Plan’s analysis. The Plan will provide information on wildlife movement with an emphasis on large mammals such as elk, deer, bear and mountain lion. A team of national experts led by Daniel B. Stephens and Associates (DBS&A), under contract with NMDOT, will develop the Plan in partnership with NMDGF. The DBS&A team will use a science-driven approach to identify areas per the Act that “pose a risk to successful wildlife migration or that pose a risk to the traveling public” and will be based on NMDOT crash data and ecological information on wildlife movements.

The Plan will build on past and ongoing efforts and is intended to raise support for and consensus in the identification of priority wildlife corridors and priority projects across New Mexico. Development of the Plan will also involve soliciting input from the general public, tribal governments and interested stakeholders.

We are writing to inform you that this is an opportunity for the public and engaged stakeholders to provide input and support for potential actions that will increase public safety and promote wildlife habitat connectivity.

There will be 8 public meetings to be held around the state to introduce the project and we invite you and your organization to participate. Attached please find the meeting locations, dates and times as well as details on how to submit comments. We look forward to working with the public and engaged stakeholder’s as this process continues.

Thank you for your interest.

Participation in the public meetings is not mandatory to provide input. Comments can be provided through email, meetings, and personal interactions with NMDOT and NMDGF personnel and the DBS&A Team. Additionally, written comments on the Plan can be provided by mail to the following: Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Attn: Wildlife Corridors Action Plan, 6020 Academy Road NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87109; by email to Wildlife.Corridors@state.nm.us; or in person at one of the meetings listed below. We will accept comments for this stage of the process through April 18, 2020.

Mar
14
Sat
Postponed: 2020 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet @ National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm

As a result of the Governor’s public health directive related to COVID-19, the Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet scheduled for March 14, 2020 has been postponed. We will notify all ticket holders when a new date has been set and look forward to seeing all attendees at the rescheduled event. For anyone who purchased tickets or a table and is unable to attend the rescheduled event and is in need of a refund, please contact Gabi Gomez at the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505-988-9715.

Mar
18
Wed
Deadline: 2019–2020 Late Harvest Reports
Mar 18 all-day

Deadline to submit late 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and turkey. All 2019–20 license holders must report to be eligible for 2020–21 draw licenses. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. See 2020-21 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info Book.

Failure to report for these species by this date will result in rejection of all draw applications. An $8 late fee applies after February 15, 2020. Remember to keep your confirmation number.

Deadline: 2020 Big-Game Draw Application
Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline to apply for 2020 Draw Licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelinapronghorn and oryx, and to apply for Private-land Only Deer License for Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4 and 5A. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). See 2020-21 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info

Mar
23
Mon
2020–21 Over-the-Counter License Types Available
Mar 23 all-day

2020–21 over-the-counter (OTC) license types, including game-hunting licenses and game-hunting & fishing licenses, are available online, by telephone and at NMDGF offices and license vendors.

Apr
1
Wed
2020-21 License Year Begins
Apr 1 all-day

2020–21 License Year begins. 2019–20 licenses no longer valid.

Apr
7
Tue
Deadline: 2019-20 Harvest Report (Avoid Application Rejection)
Apr 7 all-day

Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapper license holders to be eligible for big-game licenses. Results can be reported online or by telephone.

Failure to report for these species by this date will result in rejection of all applications. An $8 late fee applies after April 7, 2020. Remember to keep your confirmation number.

Apr
20
Mon
State Game Commission Special Meeting: Virtual Meeting @ Webcast
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am
Apr
22
Wed
Early results now available: 2020 Big Game Draw License
Apr 22 all-day

Results released early April 22, 2020. Big-game Draw License results available online, by telephone  (Game & Fish Information Center at 888-248-6866 Monday- Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm), or at NMDGF offices.

Apr
30
Thu
State Game Commission Public Meeting: Virtual Meeting @ Webcast
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am
May
20
Wed
Habitat Stamp Citizen Advisory Committees @ Virtual Meeting
May 20 – May 27 all-day

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee virtual meetings (read more) for 2020. Citizen advisors will prioritize proposed Habitat Stamp projects for the next fiscal year. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee virtual meetings:

  • Southwest: May 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Central: May 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Northwest: May 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Northeast: May 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Southeast: May 27 at 1 p.m.
Jun
6
Sat
Free Fishing Day 2020
Jun 6 all-day

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 6, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 6, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.

Jun
17
Wed
Special Oryx Draw for Injured Servicemen
Jun 17 – Jul 22 all-day

Application open June 17, deadline July 22.

Jun
24
Wed
Leftover License Sale
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

June 24 – residents
June 25- nonresidents

Jun
25
Thu
State Game Commission Public Meeting (Updated): Virtual Meeting @ Webcast
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am

New date: Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Visit Commission Meetings & Agendas for more information.

Jul
7
Tue
OHV First Responder Training @ Los Lunas
Jul 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Village of Los Lunas Open Space Officers are providing an OHV Safety Training for first responders. The Village of Los Lunas Open Space Officers are certified Off-Highway Vehicle instructors. This event is free but it is not open to the public. The training will be held at the Los Lunas River Park.

Students of any age must have a customer identification number with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. All students must preregister to reserve a place in any training that is offered. To preregister or to get more information about trainings offered please visit www.B4Uride.com or call Officer Desi Ortiz. Currently there are 2 open spaces to fill for the training.

Jul
8
Wed
Encouragement Elk Sale
Jul 8 – Jul 22 all-day

July 8 (July 22 for seniors)

Ladies’ Social Hour @ Virtual
Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hello Ladies,

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the first Ladies’ Social Hour. If you were busy, we understand. You can watch the social hour here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyEVsJom2HE

Our next social hour is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. We are going to talk about the big game draw and fishing.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wHR7WIwOTS-PgAil1lzE-g

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Jul
15
Wed
Pheasant/Crane Draw Application Opens
Jul 15 – Aug 19 all-day

July 15 (deadline is August 19). Read more: Apply now for sandhill crane and pheasant draw permits

Aug
11
Tue
Ladies’ Social Hour @ Virtual
Aug 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hello Ladies,

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the first Ladies’ Social Hour. If you were busy, we understand. You can watch the social hour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td7dU6fo-f4.

Our next social hour is scheduled for August 11, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., we are going to talk about migratory game bird hunting and share some tips for scouting.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0jzyqvI0RAijPS4JlFq-4Q.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can respond to our social media post with topics of interest and questions or send an email to Jessica Fisher