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HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM  

Last Updated: 08/28/2014

New Mexico Hunter Education Requirements

Hunter Education student logoNo 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.

 

Hunter Education Numbers

To obtain a copy of your New Mexico hunter education number, log into your New Mexico Online License System account and print your Customer Id Number card. Your Hunter Education number will appear under your Customer Id Number on the card.

 

If you have trouble printing your card or accessing your account, please contact the Hunter Education Program Office via e-mail or call (505) 222-4731

 

NEW - Mentored-Youth Hunting Program

mentor youth antelope hunt This program offers first-time hunters and non-hunter education graduates under 18 years of age the opportunity to purchase a hunting license and/or apply for public draw hunts. After completion of a simplified online-training quiz youth can obtain a their Mentored-Youth (MY) number to hunt under the supervision of an adult mentor. The hunter enters their unique MY number into their NMDGF online account in the appropriate box to purchase a license or apply for public draw hunts.

 

Take the Mentored-Youth Quiz, click here!

 

At all times while hunting, Mentored-Youth Hunters must be within unaided sight and voice distance from one another. Mentors must be 18 years of age or older and either a parent or guardian or an adult with parental consent and also hold a current, valid hunting license of any kind.

 

Mentored-Youth Hunter registration is valid only once for two-consecutive license years. At the end of the second license year, each Mentored-Youth Hunter under 18 years of age is required to complete an instructor led Hunter Education Course to continue to purchase a Game-hunting License or Game-hunting & Fishing License and apply for draw hunts.

 

For more information, click here or call toll-free: 1-888-248-6866.

 

About Our Courses

Courses are available year-round, statewide. All course registration is conducted online through the students NMDGF Customer Identification Number (CIN) account. It is recommended to enroll as early as possible as courses before the draw deadlines and hunting seasons fill quickly.

 

To view a current class listing please scroll down below, call the Program office (contact numbers are located at the bottom of this page) or any of the Department's satellite offices.

 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COURSE:

  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 the Hunter Education tab.
  3. Click the Register for Classes button at the top of the page and follow the additional prompts.

Additional courses in your area may be scheduled throughout the year so be sure to check this site frequently for updates. A Bowhunter Student Course will not certify a student to hunt with a firearm.

 

The Department offers two types of instructor led student courses: a Hunter Education Course and a Field Day Course. Either student course may also offer a live fire component where students have the opportunity to hone their marksmanship skills on a shooting range.

 

A Hunter Education Course is approximately sixteen hours of instructor-led class time and is for students of any age, however, youth 10 years of age and younger are required to attend with an adult. 

 

A Field Day Course is approximately six hours of instructor-led class time for students 11 years of age or older only.

 

Students have the option of completing the required pre-course homework either online (see options listed below) OR through a free hardcopy student manual. Hardcopy manuals may be picked up from specified locations once a student has registered for a course. Students must bring their completed student manual or New Mexico Online Completion Certificate to class to gain admittance.

 

Once registered students must attend all class sessions, pass a written exam and are also tested on their ability to safely handle firearms to earn their Hunter Education Number. Classes often spend two or more hours outdoors. Please be sure the student is dressed accordingly.

 

To view course specifics you MUST be logged into your New Mexico Online License System account. Click Here

 

If there are any cancellations in a course marked CLOSED, slots will reopen on the online registration system and you may attempt to register for those openings.

 

Online Hunter Education Manuals (Pre-Course Homework)

Students have two online manual choices in lieu of completing the homework through the hardcopy student manual. HUNTERcourse.com is free to the user. Hunter-Ed.com is user pay. Both online manuals meet the pre-course homework requirement portion of a Hunter Education course. After completing the online manual students print a completion certificate. Students must bring the Online Course Completion Certificate to class to gain admittance. The Online Course Completion Certificate does not shorten the students class time. Students MUST attend all hours of the class they have registered for.

 

The online Hunter Education Manual meets the required pre-course homework for both the Standard and Field Day hunter education courses. These manuals DO NOT qualify youth hunters for the Mentored-Youth Quiz or for the Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

 

It is necessary to have access to a computer, printer (for completion certificate) and adequate internet access to complete the online manual option.

 

HUNTERcourse logo

Online Hunter Education Manual

* FREE for the user

* Hunter Education Student Manual that is fully narrated

* Interactive animations

* Counts as homework requirement

huntered.com logo

Online Hunter Education Manual

* Pay only when you pass and wish to print your completion certificate ($24.50 per student)

* Hunter Education Student Manual that is professionally narrated

* Interactive animations and live-action videos

* Counts as homework requirement

* Also narrated in Spanish. Click Here for Spanish Version.


Other online Educational Resources:

E-books about Handgun Safety and Wildlife Identification are available through the Kalkomey Bookstore! Readers can download the e-books directly to their Kindle, Nook, iPad or a variety of e-reader apps.

 

NEW OFFERINGS - Those who are new to turkey hunting or are thinking about taking it up will find the new e-book Today's Turkey Hunter a valuable how-to guide. Published by Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., Today's Turkey Hunter contains wild turkey video, audio of the most common turkey calls, and easy-to-understand instructions. "Safe turkey hunting strategies are well worth learning because they're also tactics that can put you in the best position to take a gobbler," said Tom Hughes, the National Wild Turkey Federation's assistant vice president for Conservation Programs. To purchase the e-book Today's Turkey Hunter, Click Here.

Bowhunter Education

This course 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 states and Canadian Provinces. This course is hands-on and students are not required to have their own equipment.

 

First Step - Students MUST complete the pre-course homework portion prior to attending a Bowhunter Field Day. Students have the option of completing their pre-course homework online (user-pay) or by obtaining a free hard copy of the Bowhunter Student Manual. Instructions on how to obtain a hard copy manual is available through their New Mexico Online License System CIN account once a they have registered for a bowhunter course .

 

Bowhunter Education Field Days are the second step a student will need prior to obtaining their Bowhunter Education number. This instructor-led portion incorporates classroom lecture and emphasizes hands-on learning. Students are evaluated through a written exam and a field test. Field Days are approximately 8 -12 hours. An adult is required to attend the course with students 10 years of age and younger. Bowhunter Education Field Days are listed in the course list below.

 

Click the following link if you wish to start the homework online: bowhunter-ed.com. Please be aware that the Bowhunter Online Manual 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 bowhunter manual. Students can now do the bowhunter education manual at bowhunter-ed.com on their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even Internet TV.

 

FREE Treestand Safety Course

Want to become a Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor?

Interested in passing on your knowledge of hunting and firearms safety in YOUR community? Click here.

 

Hunter Education Instructors

Inst. PatchClick on the Volunteer Instructor logo to access the Volunteer Instructor page. Here you will find scheduled workshops, your quarterly newsletter, pertinent information about the Program and updates that may effect you, your teaching team and your classes.


Have Questions?   Please contact a member of  the Hunter Education Program Staff.

Kari Boynton Jennifer Morgan Vacant
Office
Administrator
Program Coordinator Assistant Program Coordinator
(505) 222-4731   (505) 222-4722 (505) 222-4733


mail box E-mail the Hunter Education Program


2014 Current List of Education Courses

For specific class times, locations and registration information you MUST be logged into your

New Mexico Online License System account.

2014 Statewide Hunter and Bowhunter
Education Courses

Courses are posted as they are scheduled by Program Instructors.

BERNALILLO COUNTY

Albuquerque
CLOSED

September

13

Field Day

(Students MUST be 11yrs or older)

Albuquerque

October

11 & 12

Hunter Education /

Live Fire

Albuquerque

December

6

Bowhunter Education

CATRON COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

CHAVES COUNTY-
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

CIBOLA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

COLFAX COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

CURRY COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

DE BACA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

DONA ANA COUNTY

Las Cruces
CANCELLED

August

22 - 24

Hunter Education /

Live Fire

Las Cruces
CANCELLED

September

17 - 20

Hunter Education

Las Cruces
NEW

October

1 - 4

Hunter Education

EDDY COUNTY

Artesia
CLOSED

August

22 - 24

Hunter Education

Carlsbad
NEW

September

8 - 13

Hunter Education /

Live Fire

GRANT COUNTY

Silver City
NEW

October

20 - 24

Hunter Education

GUADALUPE COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Santa Rosa
CLOSED

August

23-24

Hunter Education

HARDING COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

HIDALGO COUNTY

Virden
NEW

September 27

& October 4

Hunter Education

LEA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Hobbs
CLOSED

August

19, 21 & 23

Field Day/Live Fire

(Students MUST be 11yrs or older)

Hobbs

September 15,16, 18, 23, 25, 27

Hunter Education /

Live Fire

LINCOLN COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

LUNA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

MCKINLEY COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

MORA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

OTERO COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

QUAY COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY

Dulce
CANCELLED

August

22 & 23

Hunter Education

Espanola
NEW

September

27 & 28

Field Day/LIVE Fire

(Students MUST be 11yrs or older)

ROOSEVELT COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

SAN JUAN COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

SANDOVAL COUNTY

Rio Rancho

September

13 & 14

Field Day/LIVE Fire

(Students MUST be 11yrs or older)

Rio Rancho

October

18 & 19

Field Day/LIVE Fire

(Students MUST be 11yrs or older)

SANTA FE COUNTY

Santa Fe
NEW

October

25 & 26

Hunter Education

SIERRA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

SOCORRO COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

TAOS COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

TORRANCE COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

UNION COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

VALENCIA COUNTY -
NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

 

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