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)

 

Free family fun at Outdoor Expo Aug. 20-21

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, AUG. 16, 2016: Free family fun at Outdoor Expo Aug. 20-21 ALBUQUERQUE – If you’ve wanted to learn to shoot a firearm, catch a fish, try archery or paddle a kayak, visit the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21. “This is a fantastic opportunity for families to learn and enjoy outdoor activities together,” says Alexa Sandoval, director of the Department of Game and Fish. “We’ll teach folks some basic skills that can lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.” All equipment for use during the event is provided free. Shooting ranges staffed by certified instructors await Read more...

Deadline is Aug. 24 to apply for special sandhill crane and pheasant hunts

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, AUG. 16, 2016: Deadline is Aug. 24 to apply for special sandhill crane and pheasant hunts SANTA FE – The deadline to apply for sandhill crane and pheasant draw hunts is 5 p.m. Aug. 24. Applications can be made online at the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or over the telephone with the department’s information center, 1-888-248-6866. Information about sandhill crane draw hunts is available in the department’s 2016-2017 migratory game bird supplement, page 11. Information about pheasant draw hunts is available in the department’s 2016-2017 Hunting Rules and Information booklet, page 131. Both can be viewed on the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Printed versions are available at the department’s area offices and most license vendors. Successful applicants must have a game hunting license and applicable Read more...

Special hunter education camp offered at Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo

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, AUG. 16, 2016: Special hunter education camp offered at Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo CHIMAYO – 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 registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 16-18 at the Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration opens Aug. 24. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5 p.m. Sept. 2 to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The department is hosting the camp in partnership Read more...

Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses for sale

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, June 30, 2016: Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses for sale SANTA FE – More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. July 6. The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE: For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to N.M. resident youths who have applied in the current license year for one or Read more...

Three deer hunts removed from June 22 leftover license sale

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, June 20, 2016: Three deer hunts removed from June 22 leftover license sale SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has revised the list of available leftover hunting licenses that are scheduled to be sold June 22. Deer hunt codes DER-3-194, DER-3-200 and DER-3-307 will not be available when the leftover sale begins June 22. A post-draw audit revealed a discrepancy requiring their removal from the sale. Over 1,400 deer hunting licenses, over 1,000 javelina licenses and 7 elk licenses that were not allocated during the annual drawing for 2016-17 big-game hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 22, only on the Department of Game and Fish website. New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses during the first-come, Read more...