Hunting News

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Hunting News

The latest hunting news and press releases, including important reminders for the 2017-2018 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.

 

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).

Before April 1, game hunting licenses and stamps for the 2017–2018 season are unavailable through license sales and may be purchased only through the draw application process.

All licenses and permits are available online and can be printed on standard paper. If a computer and printer are unavailable, licenses and permits may be requested by telephone and are available at NMDGF offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces.

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.

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 11–March 21, 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 22.

Toll-free telephone: 1-888-248-6866

New: Premier Statewide Deer and Elk Draw Hunts

Statewide memorial hunts now available by draw for deer and elk. See pages 42, 47 and 70.

Valles Caldera (Unit 6B) Elk and Turkey Draw Hunts

Hunts on the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) are included in the draw application process. See pages 29, 71, 76, 80 and 110.

New: Extended Seasons and Over-the-Counter Licenses for Javelina

Javelina OTC licenses for certain areas now are available online, by telephone and at license vendors and NMDGF offices. See page 111.

New: Hunters Helping the Hungry

A new program to donate deer and elk meat to help feed the hungry. See page 22.

Online Hunter Education Course (Residents only)

New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older can earn a New Mexico hunter education number online.See page 24.

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See pages 11, 135 and 138 for eligibility requirements and details.

Cougar Trapping on Private and State Trust Lands

Cougars may be trapped or foot-snared on private land and State Trust land. (pages 117–120).

 

Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 1)

 

Hunter attacked by bear near Wagon Mound

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Clint Henson (505) 445-2311
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
clint.henson@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 11, 2015:

HUNTER ATTACKED BY BEAR NEAR WAGON MOUND BEAR AND CUB

RATON – Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are searching for a bear that attacked a 60-year-old man from Missouri Read more…

Hunting seasons ramp up across New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 28:

HUNTING SEASONS RAMP UP ACROSS NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE – Many hunters will be taking to the woods and fields across New Mexico starting Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk Read more…

Plenty of prime youth elk licenses available

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 30, 2015:

PLENTY OF PRIME YOUTH ELK LICENSES AVAILABLE

SANTA FE – Around 700 youth encouragement elk licenses remain available through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System.

The sale is now Read more…

Plenty of youth elk hunting licenses for sale

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007
Public contact: Customer service (888) 248-6866
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 23, 2015:

PLENTY OF YOUTH ELK HUNTING LICENSES FOR SALE

SANTA FE – More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Read more…