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
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.
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
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.
|Bernalillo County||Albuquerque||June 24-25||Hunter Education|
|Bernalillo County||Albuquerque||July 8||Field Day***|
|Bernalillo County||Albuquerque||July 15||Bowhunter Education|
|Bernalillo County||Sandia Park||Aug 5-6||Hunter Education||Moved from Moriarty|
|Bernalillo County||Albuquerque||Sept 9||Field Day***||New|
|Bernalillo County||Albuquerque||Oct 14-15||Hunter Education / Live Fire||New|
|Catron County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Chaves County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Cibola County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Colfax County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Curry County||Clovis||July 15-16||Hunter Education|
|Curry County||Clovis||Sept 16-17||Hunter Education / Live Fire||New|
|De Baca County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Dona Ana County||Las Cruces||July 15-16||Hunter Education|
|Eddy County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Grant County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Guadalupe County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Harding County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Hidalgo County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Lea County||Lovington||June 24-25 & July 1-2||Hunter Education|
|Lea County||Hobbs||Sept 5,7,11,12,14,16||Hunter Education / Live Fire||New|
|Lincoln County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Los Alamos County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Luna County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|McKinley County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Mora County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Otero County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Quay County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Rio Arriba County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Roosevelt County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|San Juan County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|San Miguel County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Sandoval County||Zia Pueblo||July 22-23||Hunter Education|
|Sandoval County||Santa Ana||August 12-13||Hunter Education||New|
|Santa Fe County||Santa Fe||May 13||Bowhunter Education|
|Santa Fe County||Santa Fe||June 10||Bowhunter Education|
|Sierra County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Socorro County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Taos County||Taos||Oct 20-22||Hunter Education||New|
|Torrance County||Aug 5-6||Hunter Education||Moved to Sandia Park|
|Union County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
|Valencia County||N/A||N/A||No classes at this time.|
About Our Courses
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:
- 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.
- Once logged in, click Hunter Education under the Main Menu heading on the left side of the page.
- Click the Register for Hunter Ed Classes button at the top of the page and follow the additional prompts.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 email@example.com .
Registration for bowhunter education courses is conducted online through the students department CIN account.
Bowhunter Course Options
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.