Hunting License Donations
If you’re unable to use your big-game hunting license and don’t qualify for a refund or transfer, the license can be donated to a youth hunter, or a NM resident veteran or first responder through a Commission-approved nonprofit organization.
Donating a License
- To donate a hunting license, please fill out the license donation request form and return it by e-mail to email@example.com, fax to 505-476-8180, or by mail to the address listed on the form.
- Once the Department receives the written consent request form, it will be routed to the next in sequence approved nonprofit organization
- Requests cannot be rescinded once received by the Department
- Approved nonprofits can provide any eligible recipient
Eligibility Requirements for Recipients
- Recipient must not possess a current-year license for the same species
- Youth recipient must be 17 or younger on the first day of the hunt and have a hunter education certification or mentor youth number, if applicable
- Resident veterans must either have a NMDGF Disabled Veteran card, or must provide documentation of military service
- First responders must provide documentation of employment as a law enforcement officer, EMT, firefighter, or other eligible profession
- All recipients must pay any applicable fee differences and purchase or possess all required licenses and stamps prior to license transfer
Approved Nonprofit Organizations
- Hunting license donation requests shall be routed to approved nonprofit organizations in a manner that is fair and equitable to each organization, and that does not allow Department staff to influence the process in any way.
- Approved nonprofit organizations shall be ranked in order of Commission approval date.
- Organizations approved at the same time shall be ordered alphabetically by name.
- Ensure that written donation request is received.
- Route donation request to the next nonprofit organization according to ranked order described above (generally by e-mail). The requester may not specify what organization they wish to receive the request, and may not specify the category of the eligible recipient.
- Save a copy of the original license, specifying the name of the original license holder, species, GMU and initials of organization the request is sent to
- Nonprofit must provide NMDGF an eligible recipient within a reasonable timeframe, allowing time for the recipient to obtain the license and tag prior to the start of the hunt.
- When a recipient is found, ensure that the nonprofit organization has provided documentation that the recipient is eligible by rule if the recipient is a resident veteran or first responder
- Ensure that recipient has purchased a game hunting license and appropriate stamp(s).
- Once verification of eligibility and game hunting license purchase is complete, transfer the license from the original license holder to the recipient
- Offset fees paid by original license holder and collect any outstanding fees necessary so the recipient can print the license
- Notify recipient and nonprofit organization that the transfer is complete and e-mail license to recipient if possible