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)

 

Southeast New Mexico is your best bet for quail

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Zen Mocarski, (505) 476-8013 zenon.mocarski@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Nov. 23, 2016: Southeast New Mexico is your best bet for quail SANTA FE – Those ready for a challenging hunt may want to dust off a shotgun and head to southeastern New Mexico in search of quail. Quail season runs from Nov. 15, 2016 to Feb. 15, 2017. There is a total bag limit of 15 per day and 30 in possession, except for Montezuma quail, which is five per day and 10 in possession. “I continue to receive information suggesting above-average numbers of quail in southeast New Mexico,” said Casey Cardinal, turkey and upland game biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Both bobwhite and scaled quail numbers are up after a high reproduction year in 2015.” Additionally, she said spring reports Read more...

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 26

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 12, 2016: Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 26 SANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 26 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours, after which any remaining licenses will be available to everyone. Only hunters who did not hold a 2016-2017 elk license are eligible. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers having at least six points on one side. Hunters are advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, including user name and password, before the sale begins. Read more...

Leftover sandhill crane and pheasant hunt permits available Sept. 21

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 19, 2016: Leftover sandhill crane and pheasant hunt permits available Sept. 21 SANTA FE – Leftover sandhill crane and pheasant hunting permits will be available for sale at 10 a.m. MDT Sept. 21 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website. Available permits are: One, youth-only, pheasant hunting permit for the Bernardo Wildlife Area on Oct. 22. Nine, youth-only, pheasant hunting permits for the W.S. Huey Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 3. Forty-three sandhill crane hunting permits for the southwest hunt area from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6. Fifteen sandhill crane hunting permits for the southwest hunt Jan. 7 and 8, 2017. Customers purchasing leftover permits must have a game-hunting license and stamp(s) prior to hunting. Crane hunters also must have a Harvest Information Read more...

Chronic wasting disease found in McGregor Range deer

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Lance Cherry: (505) 476-8003 lance.cherry@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 19, 2016: Chronic wasting disease found in McGregor Range deer SANTA FE – Five deer harvested in the McGregor Range area of southern New Mexico during the 2015-16 hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Game and Fish announced. Hunters who harvested those deer have been notified of the test results. Forty hunters who drew licenses for 2016-17 hunts on the range will be notified and advised of procedures to present their harvested deer for testing. First discovered in New Mexico in 2002, chronic wasting disease has only been found in the state’s southern hunting units. To date, 42 deer and 8 elk have tested positive for the disease. Tissue samples were obtained from hunters who presented their harvest for testing, Read more...

Hunters Helping the Hungry program kicks off this season

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 1, 2016: Hunters Helping the Hungry program kicks off this season SANTA FE – Hunters can donate deer and elk meat this year to help feed the hungry under a new program run by Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. Hunters can drop off fresh, clean, properly stored elk or deer meat at any of 11 approved meat processors statewide. The program pays processing costs and distributes the ground meat to soup kitchens and others for use in prepared meals. “This is a great way for hunters to share their bounty with those in need,” said Bob Osborn, assistant chief of private land programs for the department. “We hope hunters will support this program by giving generously.” The Department of Game and Fish provided seed money and Read more...