Hunting in New Mexico

Waterfowl hunting for ducks at New Mexico Game & Fish managed La Joya Wildlife Area near Socorro, New Mexico.

Whether you’re hunting grouse, squirrels, quail or waterfowl, or holding out for that elusive trophy bull elk, mule deer or pronghorn, New Mexico’s hunting opportunities are as abundant and diverse as its terrain and habitat.

New Mexico also offers hunting opportunities not found anywhere else, including hunts for exotic species including Persian ibex, oryx and Barbary sheep.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists and wildlife managers work to maintain and improve wildlife habitat and protect wildlife populations, while providing hunting opportunities on public and private lands for a variety of species throughout the state.

Sounds of elk bugles fill the air every fall at Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.
The hunting section of our website is your source for hunting rules and information, drawing and license information (such as Requirement & Fees, or Discounts & Exceptions), maps, harvest reports and more.

To go directly to Online License Sales click the button below:

Click this button to buy a New Mexico hunting license from our Online Licensing System website.

Hunting Publications

Visit the Publications page for the latest Hunting Rules and Information books available as downloadable PDF’s.

New Mexico Game and Fish 2015-2016 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Supplement Proclamation (in print and PDF) Addendum.
New Mexico Game and Fish 2015-2016 Hunting Rules & Info Proclamation Booklet (in print and PDF) for Upland and Big Game
New Mexico Game and Fish 2014-2015 Hunting Rules & Info Proclamation Booklet (in print and PDF) for Upland and Big Game