Hunter and Bowhunter Education Program
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.
The Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is in need of Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors statewide to teach student classes, assist with hunter education camps and other NMDGF outreach events. If you are interested in giving back, click here.
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.
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.
Online After School Program
Grant Application – Online Hunter Education After School Program (click for PDF).
The department will provide funding to schools for the purpose of advancing the provisions of the Hunter Training Act. Grants will pay teacher stipends for teacher training, planning, preparation and facilitation of the online hunter education course as an after school program. The program is designed as an online course facilitated by teachers, faculty or individuals sponsored by the school that will be trained and certified by the department. The grant program operates on a reimbursement basis only. The department intends to award funds and enter into agreements with all schools that meet the grant funding criteria.
The department will begin accepting grant proposals for the facilitation of the Online Hunter Education After School Program starting Monday, August 29, 2016. Respondents to this request must utilize the appropriate Grant Application Form (see the provided link above) issued by the department.
Hunter Education Camps
New! Wehinahpay: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.
The camp is open to youth ages 11 and over who are accompanied by a responsible adult. The camp will be conducted the weekend of August 11-13 at Camp Wehinahpay near Sacramento. Participants are responsible for their own camping gear (tents, sleeping bags or campers) for this opportunity. Meals will be provided Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Registration forms will be available below on JULY 10, 2017. Youth, along with their accompanying adult, must complete and return their registration forms by 5 p.m., July 21, to be eligible. Registration is NOT conducted through the CIN system for this camp. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The department is hosting this camp in partnership with Camp Wehinahpay Boy Scout Camp and the Safari Club International Foundation.
Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and bows and arrows on ranges under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff. Participants will also have fishing opportunities.
To qualify for the camp, youths must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. Students can start their homework anytime by downloading a free pdf version of the manual at, https://www.hunter-ed.com/newmexico/manual/ . To hunt legally in New Mexico, youth under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program. For more information please contact the Hunter Education Office, 505-222-4731or email@example.com.
New! Wedding Cake Ranch: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is partnering with First in the Field to host a free, unique hunting skills camp where youths can receive hands-on firearms and outdoor skills training. To qualify for the camp, youths must have earned their hunter education certification online from www.hunter-ed.com/newmexico/ and register with an adult.
The camp is open to participants 11 years of age and older. The camp will be conducted June 22 – 25, 2017, at the beautiful Wedding Cake Ranch near Clayton, New Mexico. Registration is currently open. Participants must complete and return the registration form (available here) by 5pm, June 17, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis.
Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their safe firearms handling skills along with hunting and fishing skills through hand’s-on techniques and skill-building activities that will include: firearms handling, target and 3D archery, shotgun, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, bait and fly fishing, orienteering, camping and camp cooking, game trailing, survival skills, wildlife ID and viewing, trapping, and more under the supervision of volunteers and Department staff.
Participants will be asked to bring their own tent and bed rolls, but all food, ammo, and other supplies will be provided. Participants may bring your own bow and arrows, 12 or 20 ga. shotgun, and/or fishing equipment, but DO NOT bring your own rifle, pistol, or ammo. A list of equipment and supplies will accompany a complete registration packet once you are registered, confirmed participant.
For more information, please contact First in the Field at firstname.lastname@example.org, the Department’s Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731.
Virtual Hunting Scenarios
Test your hunter ethics and responsibility through this interactive shoot/don’t shoot “game”. This activity focuses on the importance of waiting for an animal to give you the best angle for proper shot placement.
Click to open in a new browser window: https://www.hunter-ed.com/shoot-or-dont-shoot.html.
Flash player software is required to view the video. We recommend Adobe’s free Flash Player software. To download this program for free, visit the Adobe website.(https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/)
Hunter Education Number
If you have trouble printing your card or accessing your account, please contact the Hunter Education Office via email or call (505) 222-4731
Phone: (505) 222-4731
Phone: (505) 222-4733
Phone: (505) 222-4722
Click Here to email the Hunter Education Program.