New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027


Special oryx hunts available for injured service members

SANTA FE — Injured military service members can apply online starting June 17 for an upcoming special drawing to award up to 10 special oryx authorizations for hunts on White Sands Missile Range.

NMDGF News Release June 9, 2020:  Special oryx hunts available for injured service members

Applicants must be veterans of the U.S. military with a disability rating of 50 percent or greater in accordance with U.S. Veteran’s Administration guidelines for receiving disabled veteran benefits. Significantly injured, active-duty military members who do not have a VA disability rating also may apply.

All applicants (except Disabled Veteran card holders) will need to submit supporting documentation to the Department prior to the July 22 application deadline.

Proof of eligibility may be emailed to or by postal mail with a postmark on or before July 22 to:

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Attn: Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

The drawing is open to resident and nonresident eligible applicants who do not hold a current-year oryx license. Applications will be accepted only through the Department’s Online License System by clicking Injured Military Oryx Hunts in the main menu. Successful applicants will be notified by the Department and must buy the appropriate license(s) and pay White Sands Missile Range’s access fee.

The hunts will be three days between Sept. 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, with dates and areas to be determined by the successful applicants in coordination with White Sands Missile Range. These hunts will not be considered once-in-a-lifetime.

For more information, contact the Department’s Information Center at (888) 248-6866.