New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (888) 248-6866



SANTA FE – Around 700 youth encouragement elk licenses remain available through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System.

The sale is now open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency, who don’t have a 2015-16 elk license, whether they applied for draw hunts or not.

Many of the remaining licenses are in prime hunting units, said Chad Nelson, supervisor of the department’s information center.

“There are a lot of excellent hunting opportunities still available,” Nelson said.

The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and licenses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at

Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number entered in their account before purchasing an elk hunting license, and must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.

Hunters must have a current Junior Game Hunting or a Junior Game Hunting and Fishing license to purchase an elk license successfully. Customers without a Game Hunting license will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the youth encouragement sale.

All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases. After eligibility is verified, licenses will be awarded to hunters and will be available to print and view within a few days of purchase.

For more information about the youth encouragement elk license sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for help logging in, please call customer service at (888) 248-6866. Youth encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone.