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Last Updated: 07/18/2014

Habitat Stamp Requirements and Areas


Where is the Habitat Stamp required?


A Habitat Stamp is required, in addition to the proper license, to fish, hunt or trap on US Forest Service (USFS) and US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and waters in New Mexico. See the lists below for specific areas where the stamp is and isn't required.


Who is required to have a Habitat Stamp on USFS and BLM lands?


  • Hunting: Everyone needs a Habitat Stamp to hunt protected species (including kids under 12, but not Disabled American Veteran (DAV) card holders who are hunting small game, waterfowl or deer. Nonresidents need it to hunt unprotected species)
  • Fishing: Everyone 12 to 69 needs a Habitat Stamp to fish (except DAV card holders).
  • Trapping: Everyone 12 and older needs a Habitat Stamp to trap or hunt protected furbearers (including DAV card holders).


Annual Purchase and Fees


The Habitat Stamp fee is $5, and is a one-time, annual purchase. The stamp is valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year.The same stamp is valid for fishing, hunting and trapping on any and all USFS and BLM lands. If a person purchases the stamp with a fishing license, for example, and later purchases a hunting license, they do not need to purchase a second stamp or validation. The Habitat Stamp is available online, by phone at 888-248-6866, or at any NM license vendor.


The stamp or validation is required on the following federal lands:


  •   Carson National Forest
  •   Cibola National Forest
  •   Coronado National Forest
  •   Gila National Forest
  •   Lincoln National Forest
  •   Santa Fe National Forest
  •   Kiowa National Grasslands
  •   All BLM properties (except those in Game Unit 28)


The stamp or validation is not required on the following lands:


  •   County lakes, streams and properties
  •   Indian pueblos and reservations
  •   Municipal lakes, streams and properties
  •   NM Department of Game and Fish big game and waterfowl areas; and department fishing areas not located on USFS lands
  •   NM State School Trust lands
  •   Private lands
  •   US Army Corps of Engineer lakes and properties
  •   US Bureau of Reclamation lakes and properties
  •   US Fish and Wildlife Service refuges
  •   US military installations


The following lists point out some specific public areas where the stamp or validation is required.


Northwest New Mexico


  •   Chama River within Carson NF
  •   McGaffey Lake
  •   San Gregorio Lake
  •   San Juan River where it flows through BLM lands (below the quality water section extending for the first 3.5 miles below Navajo Dam)
  •   Valles Caldera National Preserve


Northeast New Mexico


  •   Canadian River at Mills Canyon
  •   Canjilon Lakes
  •   Hopewell Lake
  •   Lagunitas Lakes
  •   Orilla Verde Recreation Area
  •   Pecos River between Cowles and Pecos where it flows through Santa Fe NF
  •   Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River where it flows through BLM lands
  •   Red River Wild and Scenic River where it flows through BLM lands
  •   Red River above and below the town of Red River where it flows through Carson NF
  •   Trout (Nutrias) Lakes
  •   Valle Vidal


Southeast New Mexico


  •   Cedar Hills - Pine Lodge
  •   Delaware River (BLM)
  •   Pecos River from Malaga to Red Bluff
  •   Rio Bonito Creek (USFS)
  •   Rio Bonito - Fort Stanton area (BLM)


Southwest New Mexico


  •   Gila River
  •   Lake Roberts
  •   Quemado Lake
  •   Snow Lake
  •   Willow Creek


The following lists point out some specific public areas where the stamp or validation is not required.


Northwest New Mexico


  •   Abiquiu Lake
  •   Bluewater Lake
  •   Cochiti Lake
  •   Drains and ditches in Albuquerque area
  •   El Vado Lake
  •   Fenton Lake
  •   Heron Lake
  •   all fishing and hunting areas in GMU 4
  •   Jackson Lake
  •   Jemez Canyon Dam
  •   Laguna Del Campo (Burns Canyon Lake)
  •   Lake Farmington
  •   Los Alamos Reservoir
  •   Manzano Lake
  •   Navajo Lake
  •   San Juan River quality waters (first 3.5 miles below Navajo Dam)
  •   Tingley Beach (Conservancy Park Lakes)


Northeast New Mexico


  •   Charette Lakes
  •   Cimarron River
  •   Clayton Lake
  •   Coyote Creek
  •   Conchas Lake
  •   Dry Cimarron
  •   Eagle Nest Lake
  •   Gallinas Ice Pond
  •   Lake Alice
  •   Lake Maloya
  •   Maxwell Lake No. 13
  •   McAllister Lake
  •   Monastery Lake
  •   Mora Campground on Pecos River
  •   Morphy Lake
  •   Pecos River within the Bert Clancy Fishing Area
  •   Rio Costilla downstream of Valle Vidal
  •   Springer Lake
  •   Storrie Lake
  •   Terrero Campground on Pecos River
  •   Tucumcari (or Ladd Gordon) Lake
  •   Ute Lake
  •   Villanueva State Park
  •   White's Peak


Southeast New Mexico


  •   Alto Lake
  •   Avalon Lake
  •   Bataan
  •   Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  •   Black Lake
  •   Bonito Lake
  •   Bottomless Lakes
  •   Brantley Lake
  •   Carlsbad Municipal Lake
  •   Cottonwood Creek
  •   Eunice Lake
  •   Felix River
  •   Green Meadow Lake
  •   Grindstone Lake
  •   Lake Van
  •   Maddox Lake
  •   Penasco River
  •   Power Dam Lake
  •   Rio Ruidoso
  •   Santa Rosa Lake
  •   Sumner Lake


Southwest New Mexico


  •   Bear Canyon Lake
  •   Bill Evans Lake
  •   Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  •   Burn Lake
  •   Caballo Lake
  •   Elephant Butte Lake
  •   Escondida Lake
  •   Glenwood Pond
  •   Leasburg Dam
  •   Mesilla Dam
  •   Percha Dam
  •   Rio Grande Pond
  •   Sevillita National Wildlife Refuge
  •   White Sands Missile Range