Hunter and Bowhunter Education
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.
In addition to traditional hunter education course means, the department also offers students the option of earning their New Mexico hunter education certification, online. The online course option is for New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older ONLY. The course will be done entirely online and the online hunter education course certification will be recognized in all 50 states. There is a fee associated with the online course that is paid through an approved, outside provider. Students do not pay until they pass. 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 and begin the online hunter education course.
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! Camp Washington Ranch: 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 youths ages 11 and over who are accompanied by a responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of March 23-25, 2018 at historic Camp Washington Ranch south of Carlsbad. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Youth, along with their accompanying adult, must complete and return separate registration forms to be eligible for this camp opportunity. Registration opens on February 21 at 9 a.m. and forms will be available for download, here. Registrants must complete and return separate, completed, registration forms by 5 p.m., March 7, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Camp 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 archery on ranges under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff. A fishing component for warm-water fish will also be included, no license required!
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 and worksheets 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.
LOOKING AHEAD! The next Hunter Education Camps are scheduled for May 4-6 at Camp Gorham near Chimayo and May 18-20 at Camp Thunderbird in Mimbres. Check back frequently for additional 2018 camp dates, locations and information!
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/faculty stipends for 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 for the 2017-2018 school year starting Monday, August 21, 2017. Respondents to this request must utilize the appropriate Grant Application Form (see the provided link above) issued by the department.
Questions? Call the 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 Staff.