All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species auctioned or raffled. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. These hunts do not count as once-in-a-lifetime hunts.
Big Game Enhancement Packages
Two big-game authorization packages will be auctioned by NMDGF annually through non-profit wildlife organizations. These are typically auctioned each winter. Each package will consist of five authorizations, one for each of the following: deer, elk, ibex, oryx and pronghorn. The season dates are: September 1, 2020–January 31 for deer and elk; April 1–March 31 for ibex and oryx (for oryx hunts, WSMR access must be prearranged); and August 1–November 1 for pronghorn.
Bighorn Sheep Enhancement Licenses
Two authorizations will be auctioned by NMDGF with the assistance of the Wild Sheep Foundation—one for desert bighorn sheep and one for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep—during their annual convention.
Two authorizations will be raffled by NMDGF with the assistance of the New Mexico chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation (NMWSF)—one for desert bighorn sheep and one for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Raffle tickets can be ordered by contacting NMWSF President Bryan Bartlett: (575) 635-3499 or email@example.com. Hunt dates are August 1–December 31, except in GMU 53 (Wheeler Peak), where the dates are August 1–15 and September 1–December 31.
The successful auction bidder for desert bighorn sheep will choose their exclusive hunt area from the desert bighorn hunt area, and the successful auction bidder for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep will do the same (excluding Unit 58, Dry Cimarron). Each successful auction bidder must select their exclusive hunt area by June 30. Raffle winners for desert bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep must do the same by July 20, however, they may not choose the same exclusive area declared by the successful auction bidders. The units remaining after both the auction and raffle winners have chosen their hunts may be hunted by either or both enhancement license holders.2020 New Mexico Wild Sheep Raffle Fliers
2020 New Mexico Raffle Form: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep & Desert Bighorn Sheep
Deer Enhancement Licenses
One deer authorization will be auctioned by NMDGF with the assistance of the Mule Deer Foundation at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. One deer authorization will also be raffled with the assistance of the Mule Deer Foundation. The bag limit for these hunts is one fork-antlered deer. The season dates are: September 1–January 31.2020 New Mexico Lt Governor Deer Tag Ticket Order Form
Elk Enhancement Licenses
One bull-elk authorization will be auctioned and one will be raffled annually. The New Mexico Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will facilitate the raffle, which will occur in June annually. If an enhancement license holder chooses to hunt on Valles Caldera, he/she must arrange access with the National Park Service: (575) 829-4100 at least 2 weeks prior to hunting. For more information please visit the RMEF website: www.rmef.org. The bag limit for these hunts is one mature bull elk. The season dates are: September 1–January 31.2020 New Mexico Elk Tag Drawing Brochure
Gould’s Turkey Enhancement Permits
One Gould’s turkey enhancement permit will be auctioned and one will raffled annually. Winners of the auction and raffle for Gould’s turkey authorizations also will receive a regular New Mexico spring turkey license.
Premium Statewide Deer and Elk Hunts
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish premium deer and elk hunts are in honor of two NMDGF employees, Austin Roberts and Ocie Gray, who were killed in a January 1960 plane crash while delivering hay to starving pronghorn on the snow-covered plains outside of Las Vegas.
Pilot Austin Roberts, 40, of Roswell, was a 14-year veteran of NMDGF at the time of his death. A cause of the accident was never determined. Before joining NMDGF Roberts served as a bomber pilot during World War II and survived 62 bombing runs and being shot down six times. Lake Roberts in the Gila National Forest is named after him.
Ocie Gray, 25, was a NMDGF biologist and a 1959 graduate of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where a scholarship in his name is available to biology students.
The two premium hunts were authorized by the New Mexico State Game Commission to provide the public an affordable chance at a high quality hunting experience. The hunt codes are DER-1-700 and ELK-1-700 and allow hunting with any big game sporting arm in any unit statewide, including NMDGF’s wildlife management areas and private land with written permission, anytime between Sept. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021. The hunts are available through the draw and are subject to quota (nonresident and outfitted applicants are extremely unlikely to draw).
Reference (2020-21 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 35-36)