Draw Licenses and Fees

Click the tab headings below to learn more Draw Licenses and Fees, or return to the introduction: Applying for Big Game Hunts in New Mexico.

If you’re unable to use your big-game hunting license and don’t qualify for a refund or transfer, the license can be donated to a youth hunter, or a NM resident veteran or first responder through a Commission-approved nonprofit organization. See Hunting License Donations.

Application Requirements

When applying for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx and pronghorn, hunters must purchase a nonrefundable 2020–21 game-hunting license or game-hunting & fishing license and HMAV if applicable.

Game-hunting licenses are available online or by telephone through the draw application process (Jan. 15, 2020–March 18, 2020). Before March 23, game-hunting licenses and stamps for the 2020–2021 season may be purchased only through the draw application process. Successful applicants for draw licenses will be mailed a carcass tag, unless the E-Tag option is chosen.

Application and full license fees for each species are charged at the time the application is submitted. Unsuccessful draw applicants will be refunded the draw license fee, but not the application fee.

To apply for bear and turkey draw permits, prior purchase of a bear, turkey or game-hunting license is not required. If the applicant is successful in the draw, purchase of a license with tag will be required after March 23. Permits will not be printable until the appropriate license(s) are purchased.

How the Draw Hunt System Works

For more information about the Draw Hunt System, visit How the Draw Works.

All draw applications are entered into an automated system that randomly assigns each application a sequence number. Based on this number and the quotas listed below, the system matches the first, second, then third choices on the application with available licenses or permits. If all choices have already been awarded, the system advances to the next application. New Mexico does not grant preference to previously unsuccessful applicants. If an applicant selects a fourth-choice hunt, she/he will be placed in a second pool from which licenses or permits may be awarded if a hunt has not allocated all available licenses. Only successful applicants will be notified by email. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified, but may check their NMDGF account online. For more information about the draw hunt system, visit: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/applications-and-draw-information/.

Nonresident and Outfitted Applicants Please Note: It is extremely unlikely for an outfitted applicant to draw a hunt code with six or fewer licenses or for a nonresident to draw a hunt code with twelve or fewer licenses. Residents planning to apply with one or more nonresidents should also be aware of this when applying.

Drawing Quotas

New Mexico state law has established the following quotas for draw hunts for all big-game and turkey licenses and permits:

  • A minimum of 84% of draw licenses are awarded to New Mexico residents.
  • Up to 10% of draw licenses are awarded to residents and nonresidents applying with a New Mexico registered outfitter. See page 33.
  • Up to 6% of draw licenses are awarded to nonresidents applying without a New Mexico registered outfitter.
  • 100% of draw licenses for antlerless elk and hunts held exclusively on Wildlife Management Areas are awarded to New Mexico residents.
  • Population management hunts are not subject to quota.

Table of Draw Fees

All prices listed include a nonrefundable application fee (residents: $7; nonresidents: $13).

License Type Resident Nonresident
Standard Elk License (Residents 18–64 years of age and all nonresidents)
A (Antlerless) $60 Not Issued
MB (Mature Bull) $90 $548
ES (Either Sex) $90 $548
Quality or High Demand Elk License (pages 124, 123)
A $60 Not Issued
MB $90 $773
ES $90 $773
Junior/Senior Elk License (See Discounts & Exceptions for eligibility requirements)
A $58 Not issued
MB $58 Not issued
ES $58 Not issued
Deer License
Standard (S) $41 $283
Quality (Q) $41 $368
High Demand (HD) $41 $368
Junior/Senior $29 Not issued
Pronghorn License
All types $60 $283
Javelina License
All types $65 $178
Bighorn Sheep License
Ram $160 $3,173
Ewe $85 $3,173
Oryx License
All types $160 $1,623
Ibex License
All types $110 $1,623
Barbary Sheep License
All types $110 $373
Bear Draw Permit (draw application fee only1) $7 $13
Turkey Draw Permit (draw application fee only1) $7 $13
1 Successful applicants must purchase a 2020-21 game-hunting license or a game-hunting & fishing license, plus the applicable over-the-counter license and stamp(s) beginning March 23. Carcass tag required, unless the E-Tag option is chosen.
Reference (2020-21 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 12-13)