Hunting News

Hunting News 2018-01-16T11:02:29+00:00

Hunting News

The latest hunting news and press releases, including important reminders for the 2018-2019 hunting season, from the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish. See additional wildlife news in Conservation News. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

 

Carcass and Antler/Horn Tags Required

A separate carcass tag and antler/horn tag (if applicable) now is required for all big-game and turkey hunts.

  • A tag is required for all big-game and turkey hunts, in addition to the printed license. DO NOT HUNT WITHOUT A VALID TAG!  
  • Tags will be mailed to all successful draw hunt applicants and are available at all license vendors and NMDGF offices for over-the-counter (OTC) licenses. A tag will be provided at the time an over-the-counter license is purchased.
  • Telephone or online purchases for javelina and private-land deer, elk, antelope, Barbary sheep and oryx licenses must be made at least 14 days prior to the start of the hunt to allow time to mail the tag(s). Tag(s) will be mailed to the address provided by the customer. Customers may obtain a duplicate tag in person at any license vendor or NMDGF office. If a duplicate tag is obtained, the original tag number will be invalidated, and the license must be reprinted. It is illegal to use an invalidated tag.
  • See pages 20–21 for more information about and instructions for tagging.

Private-land Elk and Antelope Licenses at Vendors

Private-land elk and pronghorn antelope licenses and tags are now available at license vendors in addition to NMDGF offices (pages 66 and 88).

Early Purchase Available for 2018–19 Licenses

Licenses for the 2018–2019 license year that begins April 1, will be available online, by telephone and at license vendors and NMDGF offices beginning March 22.

Donate an Unused License

A license may be donated to NMDGF for transfer to a youth (17 years of age or younger), a resident veteran or a resident first responder who has been qualified through a nonprofit organization that promotes hunting (page 14).

New Criminal Penalty for Felony Waste of Game

Upon conviction, a person may be sentenced to $5,000 and 18 months in prison. Convicted felons cannot possess a firearm, may not vote and are ineligible to become outfitters or guides (page 19).

Outfitters and Guides: New Rule Effective January 1, 2018

Outfitters and guides can review the new rule at: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/enforcement/guide-and-outfitter-info. For general information about outfitters, guides and outfitted hunts see page 41.

Free Mobile App Available

A free mobile app is available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Powered by Pocket Ranger®, the mobile app offers easy access to maps, fishing reports, license purchases, rules and regulations, Operation Game Thief and “New Mexico Wildlife” magazine (page 143).

 

 

Reference (2018-19 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 2)

 

Purchase Licenses, Apply for Draws and Submit Harvests

Apply for draw hunts, submit harvest reports and purchase licenses online, by telephone or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) offices. (page v).

Game-hunting licenses and stamps for the 2018–2019 season are unavailable through license sales and only may be purchased through the draw application process before March 22.

Licenses and permits can be printed on standard paper, but all big-game and turkey hunters must obtain a tag(s) from the department or a license vendor prior to hunting.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting. Don’t Forget!

Whether or not a hunt or harvest occurred, harvest reporting is mandatory for all Barbary sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx, pronghorn antelope, turkey and trapper license holders. Deadlines
for species are listed on pages 4–5 and 22.

Information Center Extended Hours

The NMDGF Information Center is open year-round, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (except holidays) to answer your questions and assist with license issues and harvest reporting.

Extended hours are March 10–March 20, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Saturdays
from noon–5 p.m. The Information Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on March 21.

On March 31 and April 1 the Information Center will be open from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. for 2018-19 season licenses.

Premium Statewide Deer and Elk Draw Hunts

Statewide memorial hunts now available by draw for deer and elk. See pages 44, 49 and 72.

Mexican Gray Wolf: Encounters and Identification

Know where wolf encounters may occur and how to distinguish the Mexican Gray Wolf from coyotes (pages 129 and 130).

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

licenses, permits and stamps. See pages 13, 137 and 140 for eligibility requirements and details.

Online Hunter Education Course (Residents only)

New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older can earn a New Mexico hunter education
number online (page 26).

 

Reference (2018-19 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 3)

 

Anglers, hunters can purchase 2018-19 licenses early this year

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 22, 2018: Anglers, hunters can purchase 2018-19 licenses early this year SANTA FE – Sales of "over-the-counter" fishing and hunting licenses for the 2018-19 license year opened today, giving anglers and hunters an opportunity to have licenses in-hand when the new license year begins April 1. The Department of Game and Fish previously began issuing "over-the-counter" licenses March 31. Licenses are available for purchase by telephone, (888) 248-6866, and at department offices and license vendors. Anglers will need a 2018-19 fishing license beginning April 1. The first hunting seasons of 2018 will be for spring turkeys. Those seasons are April 6-8 for youth-only hunts, and April 15-May 10 for everyone. More information about license fees, required stamps, season dates and other rules is available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or toll-free, (888) 248-6866. ###

Deadline is Wednesday to apply for big-game hunting licenses

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 19, 2018: Deadline is Wednesday to apply for big-game hunting licenses SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters that Wednesday, March 21, is the deadline to apply for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina and Barbary sheep licenses. The department expects more than 160,000 applicants for about 60,000 licenses. Hunters must complete their applications before 5 p.m. MDT March 21. All applicants must create an online account at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us prior to applying. Here’s how to apply: Online: Applicants can access or create accounts via the “Customer Login” link on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. From their account, applicants will select “Draw Hunt Applications” in the main menu and then will be prompted through license and application choices. By phone: Hunters without computer access or who need Read more...

Migratory game bird, turkey hunting rules topics of public meetings

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 12, 2018: Migratory game bird, turkey hunting rules topics of public meetings Correcting Link: SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the migratory game bird and turkey hunting rules. The department is proposing small changes in turkey hunting across the state, including: adjusting seasons for calendar dates; modifying fall open units; and adding the Bluebird Wildlife Management Area to the open wildlife management areas. For migratory game birds, the department is proposing incorporating the federal recommendations on migratory bird seasons, and adjusting season dates for calendar dates. To gather public comments, three public meetings will be conducted: Farmington: 6 to 9 p.m. March 12 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W Arrington St. Las Cruces: 6 Read more...

Information center open extra hours beginning Saturday to help hunters apply for 2018-19 big-game licenses

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 6, 2018: Information center open extra hours beginning Saturday to help hunters apply for 2018-19 big-game licenses SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish employees will be working extended hours and Saturdays this month to help hunters apply for big-game hunting licenses. Information center hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays from March 10 through March 20. The Santa Fe office will assist walk-ins from noon to 5 p.m March 10 and March 17. The information center will close at 4:30 p.m. March 21. Online applications must be completed by 5 p.m. that day. Rules and information about applying for 2018-2019 hunting licenses is available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Printed editions of Hunting Rules & Information booklets are available at Read more...

Special-season bear and turkey draw results available Wednesday, 1 week early

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Special-season bear and turkey draw results available Wednesday, 1 week early SANTA FE – Hunters who applied for New Mexico special-season bear and turkey permits can check their draw results beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by calling toll-free, (888) 248-6866. Efforts to develop a more efficient draw process have enabled the department to release the results one week early this year. The department will send emails to successful applicants and permits will be available for printing in customer accounts by Wednesday afternoon. Successful applicants must purchase a 2018 bear or turkey license with tag(s) separately. Licenses will be available online, by phone and at license vendors and NMDGF offices beginning March 22. Hunters can check their draw results by logging onto Read more...

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