Courses & How-to-Register


  • First review our Hunter Education Course Schedule and Course Types in the tabs below.
  • Next create a CIN account for each individual student through our Online License System: click here.
    (If the student already has a CIN account, simply log in: click here).
  • In the student’s CIN account, click Hunter Education (from the Main Menu), then click the Register for Hunter Ed Classes button, and follow the prompts.

As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, all in-person Hunter Education courses have been canceled until further notice. At this time the Department encourages you to take advantage of our online and virtual course opportunities.

Information about the Department’s online hunter education course options can be found at under the Online Options tab.

The Department thanks you for your continued patience and understating during these challenging times.

2020 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 regularly.

Hunter Education Homework

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

Students registered for a virtual hunter education course can get a free copy of the required pre-course homework electronically (see link below). Hardcopy manuals are not available at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The student manual homework must be completed before the first day of class to gain admittance. Students do not need to be registered for a course to download a copy of the manual, they can start their homework at any time. Click here to download the free pdf student manual and worksheet.

The electronic Today’s Hunter manual does not qualify youth hunters for the Mentored-Youth Quiz or the Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

Hunter/Bowhunter Education Course List

Updated 1-21-2021
Keep checking regularly for updates to our hunter and bowhunter education course schedule. Courses are added to the class listing below as we hear from our volunteer instructors.

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

In-person courses have been postponed at this time. Students have the option of taking hunter education online* or may register for one of our virtual course opportunities. *NM residents, 10 years of age and older. Bowhunter courses do 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.

CountyCityClassClass DateRegistration OpensNotice
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdJul 27-31Jul 15Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdAug 24-28Aug 12Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdSep 29- Oct 3Sep 8Closed
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdOct 26 - 30Oct 6Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdDec 14-18Nov 18Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdJan 11-15Dec 21Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdJan 25-29Dec 29Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdFeb 1-5Jan 14Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdFeb 8-12Jan 20Full
StatewideN/AVirtual Hunter EdFeb 22-26Feb 8
CatronN/ANo classes at this time.
ChavezN/ANo classes at this time.
CibolaN/ANo classes at this time.
ColfaxN/ANo classes at this time.
CurryN/ANo classes at this time.
De BacaN/ANo classes at this time.
Dona Ana N/ANo classes at this time.
EddyN/ANo classes at this time.
GrantN/ANo classes at this time.
GuadalupeN/ANo classes at this time.
HardingN/ANo classes at this time.
HidalgoN/ANo classes at this time.
LeaN/ANo classes at this time.
LincolnN/aNo classes at this time.
Los AlamosN/ANo classes at this time.
LunaN/ANo classes at this time.
McKinleyN/ANo classes at this time.
MoraN/ANo classes at this time.
OteroN/ANo classes at this time.
QuayN/ANo classes at this time.
Rio ArribaN/ANo classes at this time.
RooseveltN/ANo classes at this time.
San JuanN/ANo classes at this time.
San MiguelN/ANo classes at this time.
SandovalN/ANo classes at this time.
Santa FeN/ANo classes at this time.
SierraN/ANo classes at this time.
SocorroN/ANo classes at this time.
TaosN/ANo classes at this time.
TorranceN/ANo classes at this time.
UnionN/ANo classes at this time.
ValenciaN/ANo classes at this time.Canceled

Bowhunter Course Options

Bowhunter Education courses have limited offerings and/or are scheduled based on demand in any given area. If you are in need of a bowhunter education course to meet hunting requirements out-of-state or to meet other requirements, please contact the Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731.

Traditional 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 online course qualifier. Please be advised that the online option is a user-pay. Instructions on how to obtain a hard copy manual are available through the student’s New Mexico Online License System CIN account once they are registered for a bowhunter course.

Field Day Bowhunter Course – is for students 10 years of age and older. This is an accelerated four (4) hour course that focuses on hands-on skills only and field evaluations. An adult is required to attend the course with students under 11 years of age. Students participating in the Bowhunter Field Day course are REQUIRED to complete the online Field Day qualifier course and exam at 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.


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