Course Schedules & Course Information

Click the Hunter Education headings for Course Schedule or About Our Courses for how to register, course descriptions, online resources, and more.

2017 Statewide Hunter and Bowhunter Education Courses

Below you will find a current list of scheduled statewide hunter and bowhunter education courses. This list is updated as we hear from our volunteer instructors. Check back frequently if you do not see a class in your area as this list is updated daily.

Hunter Education Homework

All students registered for either a hunter education or field day hunter education course have the option of completing the required pre-course homework either electronically (see link below) OR through a hardcopy student manual. Both options are free. Hardcopy manuals may be picked up from specified locations once a student has registered for a course or from one of the department’s area offices. Either versions of the student manual homework are acceptable and must be completed prior to the first day of class to gain admittance.

It is necessary to have access to a computer, printer and adequate internet to download and print the pdf version of the student manual and worksheets. Students must print and bring the completed worksheets to class to gain admittance. Students do not need to print out the entire manual, just the worksheet pages. This manual meets the pre-course homework requirement portion of any instructor-led hunter education course. Click here to download the FREE pdf student manual.

Today's Hunter: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Manual pre-course homework requirement portion of instructor-led hunter education course).

The electronic manual DOES NOT qualify youth hunters for the Mentored-Youth Quiz or for the Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

Hunter/Bowhunter Education Course List

Updated 03-09-2017

For specific course times, locations and registration information you MUST be logged into the students New Mexico Online License System account.

Courses listed as Hunter Education are for students of any age. Field Day Hunter Education courses are for students ***11 years of age and older for these classes. Additionally, Live-Fire may be associated with any course and indicates that students will participate in an actual shooting activity on a range. Bowhunter student courses will not certify a student to hunt with a firearm.

Note: sort the contents of this table by clicking arrows next to column names (either up or down), or by typing a single word into the search box. Search examples could be: NEW, Valencia, Bowhunter, etc.

CountyCityDateClassNotice
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueFebruary 25 & 26Hunter EducationFull
Bernalillo County Sandia Park February 25 & 26Hunter Education / Live FireFull
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueMarch 4Field Day***New
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueMarch 11 & 12Hunter EducationFull
Bernalillo County Sandia Park March 11 & 12Hunter Education
Bernalillo CountySandia PuebloMarch 17-19Hunter EducationUpdated
Bernalillo CountyEdgewoodMarch 18Field Day***
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueApril 1Field Day***New
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueApril 18Bowhunter Education
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueJune 24 & 25Hunter Education
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueJuly 8Field Day***
Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueJuly 15Bowhunter Education
Catron CountyGlenwoodFebruary 25-26Hunter EducationNew
Catron CountyQuemadoMarch 3-4Hunter EducationCancelled
Catron CountyReserveMarch 10-11Hunter EducationNew
Chaves CountyRoswellFebruary 17-19Hunter EducationFull
Chaves CountyDexterMarch 1, 8, 11 & 13Hunter EducationNew
Cibola CountyGrantsFebruary 18, 19 & 20Hunter EducationNew
Cibola CountyLagunaMarch 4 & 5Hunter EducationNew
Colfax CountyCimarronMarch 4-5Hunter EducationNew
Colfax CountyRatonMarch 18-19Hunter EducationNew
Curry CountyClovisFebruary 4 & 5Hunter Education / Live FireFull
Curry CountyGradyMarch 10-12Hunter EducationNew
De Baca CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Dona Ana CountyLas CrucesFebruary 2-4Hunter EducationFull
Dona Ana CountyLas CrucesFebruary 18-19Hunter EducationNew
Dona Ana CountyLas CrucesMarch 2-4Hunter Education
Dona Ana CountyLas CrucesMarch 11-12Hunter EducationNew
Eddy CountyArtesiaFebruary 24-25Hunter EducationNew
Eddy CountyCarlsbadMarch 6-11 Hunter Education / Live FireNew
Eddy CountyArtesiaMarch 10-11Hunter EducationNew
Grant CountySilver CityFebruary 18 & 19Hunter EducationUpdated
Grant CountySilver CityFebruary 18 & 19Hunter EducationFull
Guadalupe CountySanta RosaMarch 5-6Hunter EducationNew
Harding CountyRoyFebruary 4-5Hunter EducationNew
Hidalgo CountyLordsburgFebruary 18Field Day***New
Hidalgo CountyAnimasFebruary 25Hunter EducationNew
Lea CountyHobbsFebruary 6,7,9,14,16, & 18Hunter Education/ Live FireClosed
Lincoln CountyCoronaFebruary 18Field Day***Cancelled
Lincoln CountyRuidosoFebruary 25-26Hunter EducationUpdated
Los Alamos CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Luna CountyDemingFebruary 25-26Hunter EducationNew
McKinley CountyGallupFebruary 25-26Hunter EducationNew
McKinley CountyZuniMarch 13, 14 & 15Hunter EducationNew
Mora CountyMoraFebruary 11-12Hunter EducationNew
Otero CountyTularosaFebruary 24-26Hunter EducationFull
Otero CountyCloudcroftMarch 4 & 5Hunter EducationFull
Otero CountyAlamogordoMarch 11Field Day***New
Quay CountyTucumcariMarch 31, April 1-2Hunter EducationNew
Rio Arriba CountyEspanolaFebruary 24-26Hunter Education / Live FireFull
Rio Arriba CountyTierra AmarillaFebruary 25-26Hunter EducationNew
Rio Arriba CountyTierra Amarilla March 11-12Hunter EducationNew
Rio Arriba CountyDulceApril 8-9Hunter EducationNew
Roosevelt CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
San Juan CountyBloomfieldFebruary 17-19Hunter EducationFull
San Juan CountyFarmingtonFebruary 18Field Day***New
San Juan CountyBloomfieldMarch 3-5Hunter EducationFull
San Juan CountyFarmingtonMarch 4-5Hunter EducationFull
San Juan CountyBloomfieldMarch 11-12Hunter EducationFull
San Miguel CountyLas VegasFebruary 11Field Day***New
San Miguel CountyPecosFebruary 11-12Hunter EducationNew
Sandoval CountySanto DomingoFebruary 11Field Day***New
Sandoval CountyPonderosaFebruary 11 & 12Hunter EducationUpdated
Sandoval CountySan FelipeFebruary 18Field Day***New
Sandoval CountyRio RanchoMarch 18Field Day*** / Live Fire
Santa Fe CountySanta FeFebruary 11 & 12Hunter EducationFull
Santa Fe CountySanta FeMarch 11 & 12Hunter EducationCancelled
Santa Fe CountySanta FeMarch 11 & 12Hunter EducationFull
Santa Fe CountySanta FeMarch 19Field Day***New
Santa Fe CountySanta FeMay 13Bowhunter Education
Santa Fe CountySanta FeJune 10Bowhunter Education
Sierra CountyT or C March 5Field Day***New
Socorro CountyAlamoFebruary 28, March 1-4Hunter EducationNew
Socorro CountyMagdalenaMarch 3-5Hunter EducationNew
Socorro CountySocorroMarch 5Field Day***New
Taos CountyTaosFebruary 3-5Hunter EducationNew
Taos CountyTaosFebruary 24-26Hunter EducationNew
Taos CountyPenascoFebruary 24-26Hunter EducationNew
Taos CountyTaosMarch 18Field Day***New
Torrance CountyMoriartyFebruary 11 & 12Hunter Education
Torrance CountyEstanciaFebruary 11 & 12Hunter Education
Torrance CountyEstanciaApril 1 & 2Hunter Education
Union CountyDes MoinesMarch 25-26 Hunter EducationNew
Valencia CountyBelenFebruary 11 & 12Hunter Education / Live FireFull
Valencia CountyBelenMarch 4 & 5Hunter Education / Live Fire
Valencia CountyBosque FarmsMarch 11Field Day***

About Our Courses

Courses are available year-round and statewide. All course registration is conducted online through the student’s NMDGF Customer Identification Number (CIN) account. It is recommended to enroll in the first available course in your area. Courses before the draw deadlines and hunting seasons fill quickly. Bowhunter Education courses will not certify a student to hunt with a firearm.

To view a current course listing, please click the Course Schedule tab above. Additional courses in your area may be scheduled throughout the year so be sure to check the Course Schedule frequently for updates.

How to Register

Registering for a hunter/bowhunter education course is easy, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a CIN account through the Department’s Online License System for each student you wish to register. If the student already has a CIN account, simply log in. CLICK HERE to create a CIN and/or to log in to register.
  2. Once logged in, click Hunter Education under the Main Menu heading on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the Register for Hunter Ed Classes button at the top of the page and follow the additional prompts.

Course Types

The department offers several types of hunter education course options to obtain a hunter education certification. All instructor-led courses require students to complete a homework requirement prior to course attendance. The homework is free and can be found on the Course Schedule (create link here) tab. To view course specifics you MUST be logged into your New Mexico Online License System account.

Once registered in an instructor-led course, students must attend all class sessions, pass a written exam and will be tested on their ability to safely handle firearms to earn their hunter education certification. Classes often spend two or more hours outdoors. Please be sure the student is dressed accordingly. If the student fails the course, they will need register and take the entire course again.

Hunter Education – is an instructor-led student course approximately 14-16 hours in length. This traditional style of course is for students of ANY AGE that incorporates lecture, video, hands-on and review methods to educate students. Students who are 10 years of age and younger must have a parent/guardian/responsible adult attend the course with them.

Field Day Hunter Education – is an accelerated instructor-led hunter education course approximately six (6) hours in length. This course for students 11 years of AGE and older ONLY and incorporates less lecture and review and adds more hands-on components. This course is an excellent option for Mentor-Youth Hunters.

Online Hunter Education

This course is an entirely online hunter education course option for New Mexico residents 11 years of AGE and older only. There is no required instructor-led course component for students who pass this hunter education course option. The online course is user-pay and upon successful course completion, students will be required to pay $19.50 to the online course provider. Online students must pass all chapter quizzes and the final exam to earn their New Mexico hunter education number. This is NOT the homework for the instructor-led courses.

New Mexico Game & Fish online Hunter Education Manual from Hunter-Ed.com.

The department will continue to offer instructor-led, in-person student courses for students who do not qualify for the online course and for those who would prefer to take the in-person course. See the Course Schedule tab for upcoming, statewide hunter education course dates. Questions: contact the Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731, email dgf-he@state.nm.us , or contact any of the Department’s satellite offices.

Hunter Education Certification

Once a student has successfully passed either an instructor-led or the online course, the hunter education certification is recognized in all 50 states, Canadian provinces and Mexico.

Hunter Education Cards/Numbers
Hard copy hunter education cards are no longer mailed out to graduating students. Upon successful completion of a hunter/bowhunter education course, students will need to reprint their CIN card. The student will see an additional line with the hunter ed number listed below their name. Once the hunter ed number is listed on the CIN card, it becomes the student’s Hunter Education card/proof and is what they need to carry with them while hunting. If the hunter ed number does not appear on the CIN card after successful completion of a New Mexico hunter education course, please contact the Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731 or email dgf-he@state.nm.us .

Bowhunter Education

The department bowhunter education courses teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible archery hunting. Bowhunter education certification is not required to hunt during archery seasons in New Mexico; however, it is required in several surrounding states. Information on states with mandatory bowhunter education requirements can be found at the IHEA’s Bowhunter Education Standards webpage. The New Mexico Bowhunter Education Certification is accepted in all 50 states and Canadian Provinces. Bowhunter education courses are very hands-on and students are not required to have their own equipment.

Registration for bowhunter education courses is conducted online through the students department CIN account.

Bowhunter Course Options

Standard Bowhunter Course – is approximately an eight (8) hour course that incorporates lecture, review and emphasizes hands-on learning. Students are evaluated through a written exam and a field test. An adult is required to attend the course with students 10 years of age and younger. Students must complete their course homework prior to attending the class. Students have the option of completing their homework by obtaining a free hard copy of the Today’s Bowhunter student manual or by completing the manual online. Please be advised that the online manual is a user-pay. Instructions on how to obtain a hard copy manual is available through the students New Mexico Online License System CIN account once a they have registered for a bowhunter course.

Today's Bowhunter: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Field Day Bowhunter Course – is for students 11 years of age and older. This is an accelerated four (4) hour course that focuses on hands-on skills only and field evaluations. Students participating in the Bowhunter Field Day course are REQUIRED to complete the online Field Day qualifier course and exam at www.bowhunter-ed.com/newmexico/. This course is a user pay. It is necessary to have access to a computer, printer (for completion certificate) and adequate internet access to complete the online portion for the Bowhunter Field Day.

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