New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Archive News Releases 2007-2013

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000


SANTA FE -- A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.
Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the Department of Game and Fish Web site, . Hunters are encouraged to visit the Web site before the sale date to review hunts available and to create an online account if they have not already done so.
The licenses are for antlerless elk in various game management units statewide. The hunts will include 200 licenses for muzzleloaders or bows only, and 365 licenses for any legal sporting arm.
The special late-season cow elk hunts are designed to achieve harvest goals and provide additional elk hunting opportunities. License fees are $61 for residents, $333 for nonresidents and $768 for nonresidents wishing to purchase a Valle Vidal cow license. License fees will be charged at the time of successful online application.

Only hunters who did not hold elk licenses for hunts this season are eligible for the late-season hunts. It is illegal for any hunter to hold more than one elk license in the same license year.

The late-season cow elk hunt on the Valle Vidal is an once-in-a-lifetime hunt. It is illegal for anyone to purchase a license to hunt antlerless elk on the Valle Vidal if they have held a Valle Vidal antlerless elk license since 1983.
To be eligible for the late-season hunts, applicants who held a 2007-08 deer or elk hunting licenses must have submitted a mandatory harvest report. Those who did not submit harvest reports still may do so for an $8 late fee. Late reports may be filed at Department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces, or by calling (505) 476-8038.
Licenses will be mailed to successful applicants as soon as possible after Nov. 18.

Licenses available (online only,
Muzzleloader or bow only:

  • Unit 9 -- Nov. 29-Dec. 7, 200 licenses. Note: Successful applicants for Game Management Unit 9 hunts should receive their licenses by Nov. 25 to accommodate the short timeframe between application and hunt dates. Unit 9 hunters who do not receive their licenses by Nov. 25, must obtain a duplicate license by visiting a Game Department office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26. Please note that Department offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Any legal sporting arm:

  • Unit 6C -- Dec. 18-22, 40 licenses.
  • Unit 34 -- Dec. 13-17, 50 licenses.
  • Unit 44-45 -- Dec. 6-10, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 51 -- Dec. 18-22, 200 licenses.
  • Unit 53 -- (except Cerro), Dec. 13-21, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 55 -- (Valle Vidal and Greenwood areas), Dec. 6-10, 25 licenses. This is classified as a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. 

For more information about the late-season cow elk hunts, please call (505) 476-8000.


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