Game Hunting License, Validations, Stamps and HIP Number
Habitat Management & Access Validation
Harvest Information Program Number (HIP)
Hunter Education or Mentored Youth Number Required
Exception to the above age requirement applies for federal “Youth Waterfowl Days.” Hunters younger than 16 years of age may participate without a Duck Stamp, but must be fully licensed and possess a Hunter Education Certificate number or a Mentored Youth-Hunter Program registration number. Hunters are not required to have a federal Duck Stamp, special permit or application. For more information about this hunt, see pages 3, 8 and 15.
Lands Owned or Managed by the State Game Commission
Wildlife Management Areas
Bernardo, Casa Colorada, Charette Lake, Jackson Lake, La Joya, McAllister Lake, Wagon Mound, Tucumcari, and W.S. Huey Wildlife Management Areas. Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Exception: Shooting hours for September teal on the Bernardo and La Joya areas are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset. See pages 6 and 14–15 for areas and species.
Colin Neblett, E.S. Barker, Humphries, Marquez, Rio Chama, Sargent, Socorro-Escondida, Water Canyon, Sandhills Prairie Conservation Area, Prairie Chicken Areas and Big Hatchet Special Management Area. Shooting hours for migratory game birds are 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset. See pages 6 and 14–15 for areas and species.
Lake Holloman Wildlife Refuge:
May be closed during September teal season. For further information telephone: (505) 572-3931.
Bottomless Lakes Overflow:
The Bottomless Lakes Overflow is open to shooting 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
Legal Shooting Hours on Other Lands
Sunrise and Sunset Times at Albuquerque, NM
In addition to the New Mexico regulations set forth in this booklet, the following federal regulations apply to taking, possessing, transporting and storing migratory game birds (ducks, geese, coots, common moorhens, snipes, soras, rails, doves, band-tailed pigeons and sandhill cranes). Persons cited for violating federal regulations will be required to appear in federal court. The complete federal regulations (50 CFR-Part 20) is available online: https://www.fws.gov/le/pdf/50_CFR_20.pdf.
- From a sink box (a low floating device that has a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water).
- From or with the aid or use of a car or other motor-driven land conveyance or from or with the aid of any aircraft or drone.
- y baiting (placing or directing placement of feed such as corn, wheat, salt, etc. for the purpose of causing, inducing or attempting to take any migratory game bird). Hunters should be aware a baited area is considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait.
Importation of Harvested Migratory Birds
- 25 doves and 10 pigeons from any foreign country.
- 10 ducks and 5 geese from any foreign country, except Canada and Mexico.
- Importation of doves and waterfowl from Canada and Mexico may not exceed Canadian or Mexican export limits which vary for different foreign provinces and states.
In addition, one fully feathered wing must remain attached to all harvested migratory game birds being transported or shipped between a port of entry and ones home or taxidermist. No person shall import harvested migratory game birds belonging to another person.
Waterfowl Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR)
Bosque del Apache NWR: The Bosque del Apache conducts Special Permit Light Goose Hunts and may allow limited hunting for dove in specific areas. For current information, maps and applications, visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/Bosque_del_Apache/ or telephone: (575) 835-1828.
Las Vegas NWR: The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge conducts Special Permit Canada Goose Hunts and limited dove hunting. For current information, maps and applications visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/las_vegas/.
Bitter Lake NWR: The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge has limited hunting for duck, geese, coot, sandhill crane and dove. For information, maps and applications visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/Bitter_Lake/.
Sevilleta NWR: Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge has limited hunting for duck, geese, coot and dove. For information, maps and applications visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/sevilleta or telephone: (505) 864-4021.
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