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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 16, 2012:
SPRING TURKEY HUNTERS: BUY YOUR GAME-HUNTING LICENSE EARLY, DON’T REQUEST REFUND WHEN APPLYING FOR BIG-GAME DRAW
SANTA FE – Spring turkey hunters are reminded that beginning this year, they are required to purchase a Game-hunting license before they can purchase a turkey license or apply for big-game licenses. Although hunters can request a refund in case they are unsuccessful in the draw, those who plan to hunt turkeys this spring are advised not to request a refund or they risk having to pay for a second Game-hunting license if they are successful in the draw.
Hunters who apply for big-game licenses must purchase their Game-hunting or Game-hunting and Fishing license online – not from a license vendor. Turkey licenses may be purchased online or from a vendor.
“If you plan to hunt turkeys this spring and you are applying for big-game licenses, your best option is to purchase a 2012-2013 Game-hunting or Game-hunting and Fishing license and plan to use it all year,” Department Director Jim Lane said. “The licenses not only will allow hunters to apply for big-game licenses, but also allow them to purchase a turkey license before the season opens April 15, and to hunt small-game during the license year.”
Game-hunting and Game-hunting and Fishing licenses are available only on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, until March 29 when they will go on sale at license vendors statewide.
Game-hunting licenses cost $15 for residents and $65 for nonresidents. Turkey licenses cost $25 for residents and $100 for nonresidents.
For more information about turkey hunting, license fees and requirements, or the big-game draw, please contact the Department of Game and Fish toll-free at (888) 248-6866.