Hunter Education Program

Hunter Education provides an educational opportunity that enables students to safely participate in a hunting or shooting sport.  Hunter education and its corps of volunteer instructors strive to produce safe, ethical and responsible students who will be tomorrow’s hunters and shooters.

No one under 18 years of age may hunt with a firearm without first possessing a certificate proving that he/she has passed this, or another state’s hunter education course or is currently enrolled in the New Mexico Mentored-Youth (MY) Hunting Program. Uncertified juveniles may shoot firearms if under adult supervision or in a supervised program.

It is also unlawful for anyone under 18 to apply for, or buy, any type of firearms hunting license before passing a hunter education course unless the youth is registered in the New Mexico MY Hunting Program. Youth hunters must have proof of passing a state certified Hunter Education course and/or have a current MY number in their possession while hunting.

Bowhunter education is not mandatory for archery hunts, but is highly recommended.

New Online Option

There is now an online hunter education option. This course will be done entirely online. The online hunter education course certification will be recognized in all 50 states. The online course option is for New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older ONLY. Online students are required to pay $19.50 through an approved, outside provider. Online students must pass all chapter quizzes and the final exam to earn their New Mexico hunter education number. Click here to visit hunter-ed.com.

New Mexico Game & Fish online Hunter Education Manual from Hunter-Ed.com.
The New Mexico Hunter Education program will still be offering in-person student courses for those who do not qualify for the online course and those who would prefer to take the in-person course. See our course schedule for upcoming dates.

Hunter Education Camps

New! The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting a FREE Survival Skills Camp at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish office, in Albuquerque. Registration for this opportunity is open to individuals who are interested in learning more about survival. Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their survival skills through hand’s-on techniques and skill-building activities that will include constructing a reliable survival kit, building shelters, starting a fire, collecting water and food, signaling techniques and more. Instruction during the camp will be provided by a Department certified volunteer hunter education instructor.

Registration for this camp will open on Monday, May 16 and close when filled, or on June 10, whichever comes first. The registration form for this opportunity is attached to this email.

Slots will be filled on a first-come basis. Registration is NOT conducted online through the Department’s CIN system, however all participants must have a Department Customer Identification Number (CIN) to complete the registration form. Questions: Contact the Department’s Hunter Education staff at 505-222-4731.

Survival Skills Camp Registration Form 6-2016 Albuquerque

Survival Skills Camp Flier 6-2016 Albuquerque

New! The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting a FREE Hunting Skills Camp at the Del Norte Gun Club in Rio Rancho. Registration for this opportunity is open to individuals who have passed the hunter education course and are 11 years of age and older. Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their safe firearms handling and hunting skills through hand’s-on techniques and skill-building activities that will include basic outdoor survival, firearms handling, blood trailing, and more. Additional live-fire range activities will include shooting .22 rifles, .22 pistols, shotguns and bows. A wild game lunch will also be provided. Instruction during the camp will be provided by Department staff and certified volunteer hunter education instructors.

Registration for this camp will open on Friday, May 13 and close when filled, or on June 8, whichever comes first. The registration form for this opportunity is attached to this email.

Slots will be filled on a first-come basis. Registration is NOT conducted online through the Department’s CIN system, however all participants must have a Department Customer Identification Number (CIN) to complete the registration form. Questions: Contact the Department’s Hunter Education staff at 505-222-4731.

Skills Camp Registration Form 6-2016 Rio Rancho

Skills Camp Flier 6-2016 Rio Rancho

Updated! The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting a Hunter Education Camp at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, April 29 – May 1, 2016. (Update 3-24-2016: This camp is now full and registration is closed). This FREE unique Hunter Education course opportunity is open to youth 11 years of age and older who have not yet passed hunter education. Youth must have at least one adult register, attend and participate with them to qualify.

Youth, along with a registered adult, will stay in canvas tents on site, have meals provided Friday dinner through lunch on Sunday, and have the opportunity to earn their hunter education certification through hand’s-on techniques and skill-building activities. Additional live fire activities will include shooting .22 rifles and shotguns. Instruction during the camp will be provided by Department staff and certified volunteer hunter education instructors. Registered youth and adults must complete a homework requirement prior to camp. The homework can be downloaded for free at hunter-ed.com/newmexico/manual/or a hardcopy can be requested by calling (505) 222-4731.

Questions: Contact the Department’s Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731.

Hunter Education Number

To obtain a copy of your New Mexico hunter education number, log into your New Mexico Online License System account and print your Customer Id Number card. Your Hunter Education number will appear under your Customer Id Number on the card.

If you have trouble printing your card or accessing your account, please contact the Hunter Education Program Office via email or call (505) 222-4731

Have Questions?

Please contact a member of  the Hunter Education Program Staff.

Kari Boynton
Office Manager
Phone: (505) 222-4731
Megan Otero
Assistant Coordinator
Phone: (505) 222-4733
Jennifer Morgan
Coordinator
Phone: (505) 222-4722

 

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