New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007
Public contact: (888) 248-6866


Deadline Wednesday to apply for bear, turkey permits

SANTA FE –The deadline to apply for 2016-2017 bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. Draw results will be available Feb. 24. Successful applicants must purchase a bear or turkey license and applicable stamps after April 1.

Hunters can apply online, by telephone or in person at Game and Fish Department area offices. Turkey hunters are reminded to submit harvest reports from last season’s hunt by Feb. 15 to avoid paying an $8 late fee.

Rules and information about applying for 2016-2017 hunting licenses is available online at Printed editions are available at department area offices. For more information or help in applying for the draw, please call the information center at (888) 248-6866. Please have hunt choices and other information ready before calling.

Information center hours will be extended during the draw period from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays from March 12 through March 22. The information center will close at 4:30 p.m. on March 23. Online applications must be completed by 5 p.m. March 23.

The draw deadline for big game, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, Barbary and bighorn sheep, oryx, ibex and javelina is 5 p.m. March 23. Last season’s hunt harvest reports for deer, elk, antelope, and turkey must be submitted by that date. Javelina, Barbary sheep, oryx, ibex, and trapper license holders must report by April 7. Failure to report by these deadlines will result in rejection of all applications for this hunt season.

For more information about how to apply for the draw, please visit the department website at or see the instructional video on the department’s YouTube channel at