Enhancement Hunts

Enhancement Hunts2019-01-10T14:02:50+00:00

Enhancement Hunts

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

2013 big game enhancement package. Mike Gallo’s world record pronghorn score 96 4/8. (Photo: Courtesy of Gallo)

2013 big game enhancement package. Mike Gallo’s world record pronghorn score 96 4/8. (Photo: Courtesy of Gallo)

Two big-game authorization packages will be auctioned by NMDGF — one through the Mule Deer Foundation at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo on February 14–17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah — and one through the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at their Hunters’ Rendezvous Auction on January 26, 2019 in Tucson, Ariz. Each package will consist of five authorizations, one for each of the following: deer, elk, ibex, oryx and pronghorn. The season dates are Sept. 1, 2019–Jan. 31, 2020 for deer and elk; April 1, 2019–March 31, 2020 for ibex and oryx (for oryx hunts, WSMR access must be prearranged); and Aug. 1–Nov. 1, 2019 for pronghorn.

Package #1 was auctioned at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet, January 27th, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona.

Package #2 was auctioned by the Mule Deer Foundation at the Western Hunting Expo, February 10-11, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please contact them at: www.muledeer.org or (888) 375-3337. Visit the Expo’s website www.huntexpo.com for more information.

Bighorn Sheep Enhancement Licenses

This Wheeler Peak ram was taken by 2009 auction winner Peter Kaindl. (Photo: Courtesy of Peter Kaindl)

This Wheeler Peak ram was taken by 2009 auction winner Peter Kaindl. (Photo: Courtesy of Peter Kaindl)

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 convention February 7–9, 2019.

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 bartlebc@yahoo.com. Tickets cannot be paid by telephone or email. Tickets are $20 each, and there are no volume discounts. Hunt dates are August 1–December 31, 2019, except in GMU 53 (Wheeler Peak), where the dates are August 1–15, 2019 and September 1–December 31, 2019.

New This Year: The successful auction bidder for desert bighorn sheep will choose their exclusive hunt area from the desert bighorn hunt area list on pages 97–98, and the successful auction bidder for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep will do the same from the hunt area list on page 96 (excluding Unit 58, Dry Cimarron). Each successful auction bidder must select their exclusive hunt area by June 30, 2019. Raffle winners for desert bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep must do the same by July 20, 2019, 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.

By Auction: 2 license authorizations were auctioned during the WSF‘s National Convention in Reno, NV, January 2017, one to hunt Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and one to hunt desert bighorn sheep. For more information, please visit: www.wildsheepfoundation.org.

By Raffle:  2 additional license authorizations will be awarded through a raffle held by the New Mexico chapter of WSF; one for a Rocky Mountain bighorn and one for a desert bighorn. The raffle winners choose one of the remaining hunts not chosen by the auction winner. To purchase tickets contact: Bryan Bartlett at: (575) 635-3499 or  bartlebc@yahoo.com.  Tickets are $20.00 each, and can be purchased by Visa, MasterCard, check, cash, or money order. Full payment must be received via mail by midnight on June 21, 2018.

Deer Enhancement Licenses 

This monster buck was harvested with the 2015 auction deer permit. (Photo: Courtesy of Dave Montoya)

This monster buck was harvested with the 2015 auction deer permit. (Photo: Courtesy of Dave Montoya)

One deer authorization will be auctioned by NMDGF with the assistance of the Mule Deer Foundation at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo on February 14–17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. One deer authorization will also be raffled with the assistance of the Mule Deer Foundation. Tickets must be purchased by June 13, 2019 to be considered for the June 14, 2019 drawing. The bag limit for these hunts is one fork-antlered deer.

By Auction: A deer license authorization was auctioned at the Western Hunting Expo, February 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please contact them for additional information: www.muledeer.org  or (888) 375-3337.

By Raffle: This drawing will take place on June 15, 2018. Tickets must be purchased by June 14, 2018 to be considered for the drawing. Contact Colleen Payne at (505) 363‐5241 or colleen@muledeer.org. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit the MDF website at https://muledeer.org/state/new-mexico/new-mexico-lt-governors-deer-enhancement-license/.

Elk Enhancement Licenses 

2007 elk auction winner Tod Reichert, San Mateo Mtns. SCI World Record 437 5/8. (Photo: Courtesy Tod Reichert)

2007 elk auction winner Tod Reichert, San Mateo Mtns. SCI World Record 437 5/8. (Photo: Courtesy Tod Reichert)

One bull-elk authorization will be auctioned by NMDGF with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at the RMEF Hunters’ Rendezvous Auction on January 26, 2019 in Tucson, Ariz. One bull-elk authorization will be raffled with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at the NMDGF Santa Fe office in June, 2019. 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.

By Auction: One elk authorization was auctioned to the highest bidder at the RMEF Hunter Rendezvous, January 28, 2017, in Tucson, AZ. Please visit the RMEF Web site at  www.rmef.org for more information. 

By Raffle: One elk authorization will be raffled with assistance from RMEF. Buy Your Tickets Now! Tickets are $20 each. Make checks payable to “RMEF” and send to: RMEF, 2821 Arce Lane, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Please include your name, address, e-mail, and telephone number. Deadline to purchase tickets: June 11, 2018.

The drawing will be held June 12, 2018. If you have any questions contact: Leon Redman, Regional Director for New Mexico Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, lredman@rmef.org  (575) 654-5073.

Icon of 2018 Elk Tag Drawing Brochure & Application 2018 Elk Tag Drawing Brochure & Application

Gould’s Turkey Enhancement Permits

One Gould’s turkey enhancement permit will be auctioned by NMDGF with the assistance of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show on February 13–17, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. Additional information will be available on the NWTF website: www.nwtf.org/convention. A second permit will be raffled by NMDGF with the assistance of the New Mexico Chapter of NWTF. Winners of the auction and raffle for Gould’s turkey authorizations also will receive a regular New Mexico Spring Turkey license with tag(s). Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. For more information email: nmturkeyhunt@bajabb.com.

By Auction: the National Wild Turkey Federation will assist the Department of Game and Fish by auctioning 1 authorization for a Gould’s turkey license at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show February 14-18, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Please email nmturkeyhunt@bajabb.com for additional information.

By Raffle: The New Mexico National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will assist the Department of Game and Fish with raffling an authorization for a Gould’s turkey license, please e-mail nmturkeyhunt@bajabb.com for more information. The winner will be drawn on Friday, March 16, 2018. There will only be 300 tickets sold this year and they will be $20 each. Send a check made out to “NM NWTF” to Scott P. Lerich, NM-NWTF, P. O. Box 1281, La Luz, NM 88337, and your ticket will be sent to you. Please include your name, address, e-mail, and telephone number.

Premium Statewide Deer and Elk Hunts

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s premium deer and elk hunts are in honor of two department 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 the department at the time of his death. A cause of the accident was never determined. Before joining the department 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 department 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 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 legal sporting arm in any unit statewide, including the department’s Wildlife Management Areas and private land with written permission, anytime between Sept. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020. The hunts are available through the draw and quotas apply.

Reference (2019-20 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 38-39)