Fee Discounts & Certain Exceptions
Click the tab headings below to learn more (and download forms) for special discounts (military, seniors, and disability) as well as certain exceptions to Hunting License Requirements & Fees referenced by the 2017-18 New Mexico Hunting Rules and Info booklet (pages 9-13).
See also Hunting License Requirements & Fees.
Reduced-fee Resident Handicapped Licenses
A reduced-fee Game-hunting & Fishing License is available to New Mexico residents with a permanent disability in accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants must have one or more disabilities that substantially limit major life activities.
A Resident Handicapped License allows a hunter to:
1.) shoot from a stationary motor-driven vehicle that is not on a public road or highway;
2.) have assistance tracking, killing and retrieving big game that has been wounded by the handicapped hunter;
3.) drive off established roads where permitted to hunt for small game or to retrieve downed big game. (Permission of the landowner, lessee or land management agency required. Valid only if area is not closed by the landowner, lessee or management agency or closed under the Habitat Protection Act).
Resident Handicapped License holders must purchase and possess a Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation (NM Hunting Rules & Info page 10) as applicable. All other laws and rules must be followed.
For further information telephone: 1-888-248-6866 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobility-Impaired Certification (MI)
Mobility Impaired Certification by NMDGF is required prior to submitting an application for MI designated pronghorn antelope, oryx, elk or deer hunts. To qualify for Mobility Impaired Certification, an individual must have a permanent impairment that:
1.) limits his/her mobility to a walker, wheelchair or two crutches;
2.) severely restricts movement in both arms; and/or
3.) has combination of permanent disabilities which cause comparable substantial functional limitations.
Mobility Impaired Certification form is available online or may be requested by telephone. This form must be signed by the applicant’s physician and attest that one or more of the above mobility-impaired conditions apply.
The Mobility Impaired card allows a licensed hunter with a proper and valid license to:
1.) apply for Mobility Impaired Only public draw hunts;
2.) shoot from a stationary motor-driven vehicle that is not on a public road or highway;
3.) have assistance tracking, killing and retrieving big game that has been wounded by the MI hunter;
4.) use a crossbow during archery only season(s);
5.) drive off established roads to hunt for small game or to retrieve downed big game. (Permission of the landowner, lessee or land management agency required. Valid only if area is not closed by the landowner, lessee or management agency or closed under the Habitat Protection Act).
The MI card is valid for 48 months from the date approved/issued by NMDGF. The MI card requires the holder to purchase and possess a Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation if applicable. All other laws and rules must be followed.
If you have suffered an injury or illness that may hamper your ability to hunt, reasonable accommodations for the specific dates of your hunt may be provided on a case by case basis. Please call 1-888-248-6866 for further information.
Reduced-fee Senior Licenses
Reduced-fee licenses for Senior Game-hunting and Fishing, Senior Elk or Senior Deer are available to residents 65 years or older at the time of purchase. Senior hunters wishing to take advantage of any reduced-fee license to hunt deer or elk on public land must apply for a Deer Draw or Elk Draw License by March 22 (application deadline). Senior licenses for hunting deer on private land can be purchased at local license vendors, by telephone or online. It is recommended the hunter not purchase a Private-land Only Deer License until certain whether she/he has been unsuccessful in the draw.
Reduced-fee Junior Licenses
Reduced-fee licenses for Junior Game-hunting, Junior Game-hunting and Fishing, Junior Deer and Junior Elk are available to individuals younger than 18 years of age at the time of purchase. Junior hunters wishing to take advantage of any reduced-fee license to hunt deer or elk on public land must apply for a Deer Draw or Elk Draw License by March 22 (application deadline). Junior licenses for hunting deer on private land may be purchased at local license vendors, by telephone or online. It is recommended the hunter not purchase the Private-land Only Deer License until certain whether she/he has been unsuccessful in the draw.
Hunter Education or Mentored-Youth Number Required
Before purchasing a license for any legal sporting arm, archery or muzzleloader hunts, individuals younger than 18 years of age must possess a Hunter Education number from New Mexico or another state. Individuals at least 10 years of age—but younger than 18 years of age—may use a New Mexico Mentored-Youth Hunter number, but only for deer, turkey, javelina and small-game hunts. Hunter Education or Mentored-Youth Hunter numbers must be carried at all times while hunting (pages 24, 25 NM Hunting Rules & Info).
To qualify for youth-only hunts, applicants must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt and must possess a Hunter Education number or Mentored-Youth Hunter number (pages 24, 25 NM Hunting Rules & Info). The Hunter Education number is valid for all youth-only hunts. The Mentored-Youth Hunter number is valid only for deer, turkey, javelina and upland game youth-only hunts.
Military and Veteran Licenses and Hunt Opportunities
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish acknowledges the contribution and sacrifice of active military and disabled veterans with several discounted licenses and special hunting opportunities. Information about active military and veteran hunting and fishing opportunities and how to apply is available online and by telephone.
50% Discount for Resident Active Military and Veterans
50% discounts on all licenses, permits and stamps are available to New Mexico residents who are active duty military or veterans. The discount may be claimed by applying for or purchasing any license, permit or stamp online, by telephone or at any license vendor. Residents claiming this discount must be able to provide proof of active duty military (page 135) or veteran status (page 138) upon request. Discount does not apply to: application fees, license vendor fees, administrative fees (i.e. landowner authorization certificate fee) or the Resident Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing license.
Active Duty Military (N.M. Resident): Current active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard for a minimum period of 90 days. Members of the National Guard or Military Reserve Component and commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who have completed a minimum of six years of continuous honorable service.
Veteran (N.M. Resident): New Mexico resident veteran with a minimum of 90 days active duty service in the U.S. Military, or six continuous years in the National Guard, Military Reserve Component, or U.S. Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Veterans must have been honorably discharged from military service.
U. S. Military (N.M. Resident): Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or their Reserve Components, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and commissioned members of the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pgs. 135, 138)
Proof of Military Status
Each license year, applicants must provide proof of full-time active duty status. Veterans are not eligible for these hunts. Documented proof must be provided to NMDGF by the application deadline date. Proof may be submitted by email: email@example.com, fax: (505) 476-8180 or U.S. Mail:
NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112,
Santa Fe, NM 87507
100% Disabled Resident Veterans
New Mexico residents who are 100% disabled as a result of having served in the armed services are eligible for a free lifetime Game-hunting and Fishing License. The disabled veteran must apply for a Disabled American Veteran (DAV) card. This card is issued by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and allows the cardholder to fish, hunt small game and obtain a Deer Hunting License free of charge. The Deer Hunting License will be issued only if the cardholder has applied and been successful in a public-land deer draw or if the cardholder can obtain written permission from a landowner for a private-land deer hunt. The free Deer Hunting License must be applied for each license year, and no preference is given for public-land deer draws.
Disabled Veterans Game Hunting and Fishing License
New Mexico residents who are disabled veterans of the armed services, but do not meet the
100% disabled qualification, are eligible for a $10 combination Game-hunting & Fishing License. Disabled veterans may purchase a license online, by telephone or at license vendors. A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp are required if applicable with the Disabled Veterans Game-hunting & Fishing License.
Resident Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing License (one-time benefit)
New Mexico residents who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces and were called to active duty on or after April 3, 2003, are eligible for a free Game-hunting & Fishing License for the year following their deactivation and return to New Mexico. Proof of service must be presented to NMDGF. A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp are not required in conjunction with this license. This is an once-in-a-lifetime benefit.
Oryx Hunts for Iraq-Afghanistan Returnees
New Mexico residents deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible to apply for Once-in-a-Lifetime Oryx Hunts, available by drawing each license year. New Mexico resident fees apply. Each year, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her orders or DD–214 before the application deadline (NM Hunting Rules & Info page 2) . Copies may be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (505) 476-8180 or U.S. Mail:
NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112,
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Fort Bliss Opportunities
Active-duty military personnel stationed at Fort Bliss are eligible for resident pricing on draw hunt licenses for activities that occur on portions of the Fort Bliss military reservation in New Mexico. Each year, proof of assignment must be submitted by email: email@example.com, fax: 505-476-8180 or mail before the application deadline (NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 2).
Nonresident Disabled Active Duty and Veteran Licenses for Rehabilitation Enrollees
Nonresident active-duty members or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves hunting activities are eligible for a resident fee on deer, elk, javelina, oryx, pronghorn antelope and turkey licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the federal government, or a nonprofit organization authorized by the federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or federal Veteran’s Administration rehabilitation center. This benefit is not available through the draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided. This benefit is available only through the NMDGF Santa Fe office.
Nongame Hunting License
Residents do not need a license to take nongame species. Nonresidents must purchase a Nonresident Nongame License or any New Mexico nonresident hunting license. Nongame species include prairie dogs, ground squirrels, Himalayan tahr, porcupine and rabbits (Coyotes and skunks are unprotected furbearers, page 122). Nongame hunting is not permitted on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) unless otherwise posted, except Water Canyon WMA where hunting non-native Himalayan tahr is permitted.
License Refunds and Transfers
New Mexico Game Hunting Licenses are nontransferable and nonrefundable, except as defined below.
The director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) may grant transfer of a hunting license or permit, or refund of a hunting license fee, if the licensee:
1.) is deceased;
2.) has sustained a severe injury or suffered a life-threatening illness which prevents participation;
3.) is deployed by the U.S. military prior to the start of the hunt which prohibits participation; or
4.) a natural disaster has occurred which prevents the hunt.
Refund or transfer requests due to serious injury, illness or military deployment must be submitted prior to the start of the hunt. For more information visit online or telephone.
A license or permit may be donated to NMDGF for transfer to a youth (17 years or younger) who has been recommended by a nonprofit organization that promotes youth hunting. Refunds are not offered for donated licenses. Recommending nonprofit organizations must be approved and recognized by the New Mexico State Game Commission. For more information
Penalties for Hunting Small Game without a License
Hunters cited for hunting small game without a license may pay a penalty assessment instead of appearing in court. The penalty assessment is $100, plus the purchase of a hunting license and permits, stamps and fees related to the citation. A license will be mailed upon payment of the assessment. A hunter cited will be assessed 10 points against a potential 20 points which may result in license revocation.
Hunting and fishing privileges may be revoked for a definite period of time depending on the severity of the violation, if accumulated game law violations equal 20 points within a three-year period. For further information see page 16 or contact NMDGF Field Operations: (505) 476-8065.
License Information Is Public Records
Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, Sections 14-2-1 et seq. NMSA 1978, all information provided when applying for licenses and permits is public record and must be disclosed to anyone when properly requested, with the following exceptions:
1.) the last four digits of a taxpayer identification number, a financial account number or a driver’s license number;
2.) all but the year of a person’s date of birth; and
3.) a social security number.
Parental Responsibility Act
The Parental Responsibility Act requires the New Mexico State Game Commission to suspend the recreational and professional licenses of anyone who does not comply with court-ordered child support obligations. The purpose is to discourage parental neglect of children by suspending hunting and fishing privileges until failure to pay court-ordered child support has been corrected and a $25 reinstatement fee has been paid. For more information, please contact NMDGF Field Operations: at: (505) 476-8065.