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)

 

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Martin Perea: (505) 476-8019 martin.perea@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show will be Friday-Sunday, Feb.16-18 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The event is bigger and better than ever with new exhibits and hands-on activities hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This year, the show will feature an Outdoor Skills Room where visitors can receive instruction in fishing, game calling, outdoor survival techniques, archery, pellet gun shooting and an off-highway vehicle simulator. The latest equipment for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation will be on display. New models of recreational vehicles, boats and off-highway vehicles will be available for viewing. Outfitters, guides, taxidermists and local vendors will offer their products Read more...

Hunters: Don’t forget to file your mandatory harvest report

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, FEB. 13, 2018: Hunters: Don't forget to file your mandatory harvest report SANTA FE – Mandatory harvest deadlines are fast approaching for hunters and trappers who held licenses for New Mexico’s 2017-18 seasons. The deadline to file a free report for hunters who held 2017-18 deer, elk, antelope or turkey licenses is midnight Feb. 15, 2018. After that date, an $8 late fee will apply. Hunters must report on or before the March 21 application deadline or their applications will be rejected from the big-game draws. The deadline to report for those who held 2017-18 Barbary sheep, javelina, oryx, ibex, or trapping licenses is midnight April 7, 2018. The later harvest-reporting deadline allows license holders for those species to submit results after the seasons have closed. Hunters Read more...

Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Washington Ranch near Carlsbad

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Jennifer Morgan, (505) 222-4722 jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 6, 2018: Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Washington Ranch near Carlsbad CARLSBAD – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification. The camp is open to youths ages 11 to 17 who are accompanied by a responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of March 23-25 at historic Camp Washington Ranch near Carlsbad. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration for the camp opens Feb. 21. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5 p.m. March 7 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will learn safe and responsible Read more...

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show coming soon to Albuquerque

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Martin Perea: (505) 476-8019 martin.perea@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 2, 2018: Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show coming soon to Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show will be at the state fairgrounds Feb. 16-18 in Albuquerque. The event is bigger and better than ever, with new exhibits and hands-on activities hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This year, the show will feature an Outdoor Skills Room where visitors can receive instruction in fishing, game-calling, outdoor survival techniques, archery, pellet gun shooting and an off-highway vehicle simulator. The latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation will be on display. New models of recreational vehicles, boats and off-highway vehicles will be available for viewing. Outfitters, guides, taxidermists and local vendors will offer their products and Read more...

Bighorn, javelina hunting rule changes 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, JAN. 22, 2018: Bighorn, javelina hunting rule changes topics of public meetings SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the bighorn sheep and javelina rules. The department is proposing small changes in bighorn sheep hunting across the state, including: adjusting seasons for calendar dates; increasing ram hunting licenses; modifying hunt dates to accommodate more hunters; and adding Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ewe hunts in certain herds as a population management tool. For javelina, the department is proposing adjusting season dates for a new calendar year. To gather public comments, two public meetings will be conducted: Las Cruces: 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive. Albuquerque: 6 to Read more...

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