Purchase Licenses, Apply for Draws and Submit Harvests
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).