Hunting License Requirements & Fees

Click the tab headings below to learn more about Hunting License Requirements & Fees, as referenced by the 2017-18 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info booklet.

See also Disability, Age, & Military Benefits.

General Information

  1. All big-game, small-game or turkey hunters must possess a Game Hunting License or Game Hunting & Fishing License.
  2. All big-game, small-game or turkey hunters also must possess a license, and permit if applicable, for the species and hunt type in which she/he will participate.
  3. All hunters, trappers or anglers must possess Habitat Management & Access Validation*.
  4. All hunters, trappers or anglers on any Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands must possess a Habitat Stamp*.

* except as defined under Stamps & Validations (click tab above or see the Hunting Rules & Info Guide page 8).

Individual Account Required

Each individual purchasing a license or applying for a draw hunt, every student registering for a hunter/bowhunter education class, or any hunter or trapper reporting his/her harvest must have a personal account with a registered Customer Identification Number (CIN). Establishing a personal NMDGF account is free of charge. Accounts can be set up online or by telephone at:
https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us or 1-888-248-6866.

Purchasing Licenses, Stamps and Validations

Licenses, stamps and validations are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us, by telephone: 1-888-248-6866, at NMDGF offices and over-the-counter (OTC) from local vendors. Information and requirements for the Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation are described on page 8. Please note: Before April 1, game hunting licenses and stamps for the 2017–2018 season may be purchased only through the draw application process.

Record Harvest on License

Instructions how to record a harvest in the field are listed on pages 18–19. Licenses can be printed at home on standard paper. If a printer is unavailable, telephone: 1-888-248-6866.

Report Harvest Results. It’s Mandatory. 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.

Free-of-Charge Harvest Report Deadlines – 2017

February 15, 2017: Deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and turkey license holders. The late-fee harvest reporting deadline is March 22, 2017. Failure to report by March 22 will result in rejection of all applications.

April 7, 2017:  Deadline to report 2016–17 harvest results for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapper license holders. Failure to report harvest results for these species by this date will result in rejection of all draw applications. Harvest reporting after this deadline will be subject to an $8 late fee. Results can be reported online or by telephone.

Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 4)

 

Fee by License Type

License Purchases Make Conservation Possible

sport-fish-wildlife-restoration-01Without the purchases of licenses by hunters, trappers and anglers, and the taxes derived from the sale of sporting equipment and fuels for boating, the conservation of fish and wildlife would not be possible. Through the USFWS Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, excise taxes for fishing equipment, motorboat fuel, sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment provide the funds essential to the conservation efforts of wildlife and sport-fish management agencies. These funds support many important projects in New Mexico, including bighorn sheep and Gila trout restoration, game-species management, fish-hatchery operations, lake renovations, waterfowl-habitat maintenance, and much more.

Remember every time you buy a license, ammunition or hunting and fishing gear you’re part of the most successful user-based wildlife conservation program in history!

Fees by Over-the-Counter License Type Resident* Nonresident
Game-hunting License 1 $15 $65
Game-hunting & Fishing License 2 $30 Not Issued
Junior Game-hunting License 1 $10 $15
Junior Game-hunting & Fishing License 2 $15 Not Issued
Senior or Handicapped Game-hunting License 1 $15 Not Issued
Senior or Handicapped Game-hunting & Fishing License 2 $20 Not Issued
Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing License 2, 3 $10 Not Issued
Private-land Deer License – Standard $34 $270
Private-land Deer License – Quality $34 $355
Private-land Deer License – Junior/Senior $22 Not Issued
Turkey License (Spring or Fall Season) $25 $100
Bear License $47 $260
Cougar License $43 $290
Oryx License (Private-land only) $153 $1,610
Barbary Sheep License $103 $360
Ibex License $103 $1,610
Javelina License $58 $165
Temporary Game-hunting License (4 days) 1
Does not enable the purchaser to purchase big-game or turkey licenses.
Not Issued $33

Trapper License
Required for nonresident trapping of coyotes and skunks (page 121)
.

$20 $345
Junior Trapper License (Residents Ages 12–17) $9 Not Issued

Nongame Hunting License
Does not include trapping pages 14 Nongame, 121 Trapping License).

Not Issued $65

Habitat Stamp
Mandatory for hunting, angling or trapping on all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties. See age requirements and exceptions.

$5 $5

Habitat Management & Access Validation
Mandatory for hunting, angling or trapping. This Validation does not replace the Habitat Stamp. See age requirements and exceptions.

$4 $4

1 Squirrel and game birds (other than turkey).
2 Squirrel, game birds (other than turkey) and fishing.
3 50% NM Resident Military Discount does not apply.

Licenses, stamps and validations may be purchased online, by telephone, at NMDGF offices or over-the-counter (OTC) at local vendors. A one dollar processing fee may apply.

Before April 1, game hunting licenses and stamps for the 2017–2018 season are unavailable through license sales and only may be purchased through the draw application process.

New Mexico Residency Requirements

*To qualify for New Mexico resident fees, an individual must meet one of the following criteria.

  1. A United States citizen who has resided in New Mexico for a period of not less than 90 days immediately preceding the date of application for a license and who does not claim residency elsewhere for any purpose. Temporary or seasonal residents, who maintain a primary residence outside of New Mexico, do not qualify for resident licenses.
  2. A citizen of another country who is legally in the United States and can verify residence in New Mexico for 90 days immediately preceding his/her license application.
  3. A student who has attended an educational institution in New Mexico while residing in the state for at least one full semester preceding the application for a license. Students also must present a certificate or letter from the institution verifying their enrollment and attendance.
  4. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is assigned permanently to a military installation located within New Mexico and who presents with his/her application a certificate or letter that verifies the military assignment and is signed by the commanding officer.
  5. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is officially stationed at a military reservation located partially in New Mexico and an adjacent state and who presents with his/her application a certificate or letter that verifies the military assignment and is signed by the commanding officer. This applies only for draw-hunt licenses in New Mexico on the military reservation only. The 50% resident military and veteran discount does not apply.
Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pgs. 5, 9)

 

Habitat Management & Access Validation

Habitat Management and Access Validation must be purchased and possessed by all hunters, trappers and anglers. This once-per-license-year fee is used to: lease access to private lands for public use; provide public access to landlocked public land; and provide improvement, maintenance, development and operation of State Game Commission property for fish and wildlife habitat management. Not required for hunters, trappers and anglers younger than 18 years of age, resident anglers 70 years and older and 100% Disabled Resident Veterans in conjunction with their free licenses. (Discounts & Exceptions).

Habitat Stamp

Where is a Habitat Stamp Required? See the Habitat Stamp page (under Conservation).

All hunters, trappers and anglers must purchase and possess a current Habitat Stamp to use
U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and in New Mexico. Only one stamp is required each license year for these lands. The stamp is not required on other public property (e.g. state, county or municipal lands and parks), other federal lands (e.g. Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers and military reservations), or on private property. The stamp is not required in Unit 28, a predominately Bureau of Land Management property under military withdrawal. Not required for trappers or anglers 11 years of age and younger, resident anglers 70 years and older or 100% Disabled Resident Veterans in conjunction with their free licenses. Funds from the sale of Habitat Stamps are used to improve wildlife habitat.

Purchase of Stamps and Validations

Habitat Stamps and Habitat Management & Access Validations may be purchased online, by telephone or at license vendors. Purchase of a Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation is not necessary prior to applying for draw hunt licenses and permits. However, purchase will be required if applicable upon receipt of a license or permit and prior to hunting, fishing or trapping.

Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 8)