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 – Hunters will be taking to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Thursday, the opening day of seasons for deer, elk and a variety of small-game species.

September seasons for deer and elk are for hunters using bows and arrows who were successful in the public-land license drawings or have authorization to hunt on private land. Most deer and elk seasons for hunters using muzzleloadiers and high-powered rifles are scheduled in October and November.

Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels also opened Thursday in many areas of the state.  Licenses for those species are available at Department of Game and Fish offices and vendors statewide.

The Department of Game and Fish urges all hunters to stress safety while in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in camouflage. Hikers, bikers and others using the back country during hunting seasons are encouraged to wear bright clothing so they are easily visible to hunters.

More than 20,000 deer hunters and 32,000 elk hunters will be in the field from September through December this year. As many as 25,000 hunters are expected to try for small-game, upland and migratory birds and waterfowl.

For more information about New Mexico’s hunting opportunities and rules, please visit and look for the rules and information booklets at the bottom of the home page. If you prefer to speak with a Department representative, please call (505) 476-8000.


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