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.
When applying for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx and pronghorn, hunters must purchase a nonrefundable 2019–20 Game-hunting License or Game-hunting & Fishing License and HMAV if applicable.
Licenses are available online or by telephone through the draw application process (Jan. 16, 2019– March 20, 2019). Before March 25, Game-hunting Licenses and stamps for the 2019–2020 season may be purchased only through the draw application process. Successful applicants for draw licenses will be mailed a tag, unless the E-Tag option is chosen.
Application and full license fees are charged at the time the application is submitted. Unsuccessful draw applicants will receive a full refund for the draw license, minus 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 25. Permits will not be printable until the appropriate license(s) are purchased.
How the Draw Hunt System 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 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 NMDGF account online.
For more information about the Draw Hunt System, visit How the Draw Works.
New Mexico state law has established the following quotas for draw hunts for all big-game and turkey licenses and permits:
- 84% of draw licenses are awarded to New Mexico residents.
- 10% of draw licenses are awarded to residents and nonresidents applying with a New Mexico registered outfitter. See page 36.
- 6% of draw licenses are awarded to nonresidents applying without a New Mexico registered outfitter.
- 100% of draw licenses for antlerless elk and all hunts on Wildlife Management Areas are awarded to N.M. residents.
Hunts not subject to quota:
- OTC Licenses for Barbary sheep, bear, cougar, turkey, ibex, javelina, private-land deer (excluding units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4 and 5A), private-land pronghorn and private-land oryx.
- Elk licenses obtained via the Private Lands Use System.
- Population Management Hunts.
Table of Draw Fees
All prices listed include a nonrefundable application fee (residents: $7; nonresidents: $13).
|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 139, 137)|
|Junior/Senior Elk License (See Discounts & Exceptions for eligibility requirements)|
|High Demand (HD)||$41||$368|
|Bighorn Sheep License|
|Barbary Sheep License|
|Bear Draw Permit (draw application fee only1)||$7||$13|
|Turkey Draw Permit (draw application fee only1)||$7||$13|
|1 Successful applicants must purchase a 2019-20 Game-hunting License or a Game-hunting & Fishing License, plus the applicable over-the-counter license, tag(s) and stamp(s) beginning March 25.|