Unique Trophy Hunting Opportunities

Updated 4-14-2016. Premier hunts for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, turkey, and new “Grand Slam” authorizations.

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)

There are 2 special Big Game Enhancement Packages available for the 2016-2017 New Mexico hunting season. The big game enhancement package consists of one license each for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx and Persian ibex. All hunts are for any legal sporting arm (specific weapons restrictions in certain areas still apply). Licenses will be valid on all public lands where hunting is allowed, and private land with written permission. For oryx, winning bidders must contact New Mexico Game & Fish two weeks in advance of the proposed hunt start date to schedule access to WSMR, and must be accompanied by a badged department employee or WSMR escort when on WSMR lands. The bag limits are one fork-antlered deer, one mature bull elk, one oryx of either sex, one ibex of either sex, and one mature buck pronghorn (see pages 133-136 of the 2016-2017 Hunting Rules and Information booklet for bag limit definitions). The season dates are September 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 for deer and elk, April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 for ibex and oryx, and August 1 through November 1, 2016 for pronghorn.

Package #1 was auctioned at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet, January 31st, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.was auctioned by the Mule Deer Foundation at the Western Hunting Expo, February 11-14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pease contact them at: www.muledeer.org or (888) 375-3337. Visit the Expo’s website www.huntexpo.com for more information.

Package #2 was auctioned by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation‘s Hunter Rendezvous  in Tucson, AZ on March 26, 2016.

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)

There are 2 special Lt. Governor’s deer enhancement hunting licenses available for the 2016-2017 New Mexico hunting season. The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is assisting the Department of Game and Fish with the auction and raffle of these authorizations. The licenses are valid from Sept. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017 with any legal sporting arm. Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be used for deer habitat enhancement and management in New Mexico. The permits will be valid statewide on public land where hunting is allowed (including Department owned WMAs), and private land with written landowner permission. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. The bag limit for these hunts is one buck deer.

By Auction: A deer license authorization was auctioned at the Western Hunting Expo, February 11-14, 2016 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 Monday June 20, 2016 at 8:30 am at the NMDGF Office in Las Cruces, NM. The deadline for receiving payment & ticket orders via USPS mail or e‐mail is Monday, June 13, 2016. Only phone orders with credit card may be made after June 13, 2016 by calling Colleen Payne at (505) 363‐5241 or you may send emails to 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)

There are 2 special elk enhancement hunting licenses available for the 2016-2017 New Mexico hunting season. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is assisting the Department of Game and Fish with an auction and raffle of these authorizations for bull elk licenses. Proceeds from the auction and raffle are used for elk habitat restoration and management in New Mexico. The licenses are authorized for use from September 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 with any legal sporting arm. Authorizations to obtain licenses may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. The bag limit for these hunts is one bull elk, and they do not count as once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

By Auction: One elk authorization was auctioned to the highest bidder at the RMEF Hunter Rendezvous, March 26, 2016, 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: May 31, 2016. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit https://events.rmef.org/shop.aspx?c=ny7.

The drawing will be held June 1, 2016, at the New Mexico Dept. Game & Fish headquarters, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. 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 2015 Elk Tag Drawing Brochure & Application 2015 Elk Tag Drawing Brochure & Application

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)

There are 4 special bighorn enhancement hunting licenses available for the 2016-2017 New Mexico hunting season. The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) assists the Department with the auction of two bighorn sheep licenses and the New Mexico Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation (NMWSF) assists the Department with a raffle of two bighorn sheep licenses. Proceeds from these auctions and raffles are used for bighorn sheep research, management, and propagation in New Mexico. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. The bag limit for these hunts is any one ram, and they do not count as once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

By Auction: 2 license authorizations were auctioned during the WSF‘s National Convention in Reno, NV, January 21-23, 2016, one to hunt Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and one to hunt desert bighorn sheep. For more information, please visit: www.wildsheepfoundation.org  The auction winners choose one of the available hunts (see pages 91-94 of the 2016-2017 Hunting Rules and Information booklet for hunt details).

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. The deadline to purchase a ticket is midnight, June 22, 2016. To purchase tickets contact: Lanny Rominger at: (505) 821-5064 or lanny.rominger@yahoo.com  Tickets are $20.00 each, please make your check out to NMWSF and send to Lanny Rominger, 10004 Signal Ave. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87122-2957. Please include your name, address, e-mail, and telephone number. Tickets cannot be purchased online nor over the phone, however Visa and MasterCard can be used.

Gould’s Turkey Enhancement Permits

There will be 2 special Gould’s turkey enhancement hunting opportunities available for the 2017-2018 New Mexico hunting season. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. Winners of these Enhancement Permits will be provided not only the Gould’s turkey authorization but also a regular New Mexico Spring Turkey license. Therefore winning hunters will have the opportunity to harvest 3 bearded turkeys during the spring season (only 1 Gould’s) including Merriam’s and Rio Grande subspecies.

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 16-19, 2017 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 Saturday, March 11, 2017. 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.