Courses & How-to-Register

Courses & How-to-Register 2018-01-19T16:26:36+00:00

Courses & How-to-Register


  • First review our Hunter Education Course Schedule and Course Types in the tabs below.
  • Next create a CIN account for each individual student through our Online License System: click here.
    (If the student already has a CIN account, simply log in: click here).
  • In the student’s CIN account, click Hunter Education (from the Main Menu), then click the Register for Hunter Ed Classes button, and follow the prompts.

2018 Statewide Hunter and Bowhunter Education Courses

Below you will find a current list of scheduled statewide hunter and bowhunter education courses. This list is updated as we hear from our volunteer instructors. Check back frequently if you do not see a class in your area as this list is updated daily.

Hunter Education Homework

All students registered for either a hunter education or field day hunter education course have the option of completing the required pre-course homework either electronically (see link below) OR through a hardcopy student manual. Both options are free. Hardcopy manuals may be picked up from specified locations once a student has registered for a course or from one of the department’s area offices. Either versions of the student manual homework are acceptable and must be completed prior to the first day of class to gain admittance.

It is necessary to have access to a computer, printer and adequate internet to download and print the pdf version of the student manual and worksheets. Students must print and bring the completed worksheets to class to gain admittance. Students do not need to print out the entire manual, just the worksheet pages. This manual meets the pre-course homework requirement portion of any instructor-led hunter education course. Click here to download the FREE pdf student manual.

Today's Hunter: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Manual pre-course homework requirement portion of instructor-led hunter education course).

The electronic manual DOES NOT qualify youth hunters for the Mentored-Youth Quiz or for the Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

Hunter/Bowhunter Education Course List

Updated 07-05-2018
Keep checking on a regular basis for our 2018 hunter and bow hunter education instructor-led course schedule. Courses are added to the below class listing as we hear from our teaching teams.

For specific course times, locations and registration information you MUST be logged into the students New Mexico Online License System account.

Courses listed as Hunter Education are for students of any age. Field Day Hunter Education courses are for students ***11 years of age and older for these classes. Additionally, Live-Fire may be associated with any course and indicates that students will participate in an actual shooting activity on a range. Bowhunter student courses will not certify a student to hunt with a firearm.

Note: sort the contents of this table by clicking arrows next to column names (either up or down), or by typing a single word into the search box. Search examples could be: NEW, Valencia, Bowhunter, etc.

Bernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueJuly 14Hunter Education / Field Day
Catron CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Chaves CountyRoswellApr 14Bow Hunter Education
Cibola CountyLagunaJun 9 & 10Bow Hunter Education
Colfax CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Curry CountyClovisJun 21-23Hunter Education / Live Fire
Curry CountyClovisAug 2-4Hunter Education / Live Fire
De Baca CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Dona Ana CountyLas CrucesJun 23-24 Hunter Education
Eddy CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Grant CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Guadalupe CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Harding CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Hidalgo CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Lea CountyHobbsSep 4, 6 ,10 , 11, 13, 15 Hunter Education
Lincoln CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Los Alamos CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Luna CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
McKinley CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Mora CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Otero CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Quay CountyTucumcariMar 23-25Hunter Education
Rio Arriba CountyEspañolaFeb 23-25Hunter Education / Live Fire
Rio Arriba CountyDulce Jun 19-20 Hunter Education
Roosevelt CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
San Juan CountyFarmingtonApr 7-8Hunter Education
San Miguel CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Sandoval CountyCorralesMay 19-20 Hunter Education
Sandoval CountySanta Ana PuebloMay 26-27 Jun 2-3Hunter EducationUpdated!
Santa Fe CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Sierra CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Socorro CountySocorro County FairgroundsJun 16-17 Hunter Education
Taos CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Torrance CountyMoriartyAug 11-12Hunter Education
Union CountyN/AN/ANo classes at this time.
Valencia CountyBelenApr 28Field Day / Live Fire

About Our Courses

Courses are available year-round and statewide and all course types will certify students in hunter education. All course registration for instructor-led courses is conducted online through the student’s NMDGF Customer Identification Number (CIN) account. It is recommended to enroll in the first available course in your area. Courses before the draw deadlines and hunting seasons fill quickly. Bowhunter Education courses will not certify a student to hunt with a firearm.

To view a current course listing, please click the Course Schedule tab above. Additional courses in your area may be scheduled throughout the year so be sure to check the Course Schedule frequently for updates.

Course Types

There are several types of course options to obtain your education certification. All instructor-led courses require students to complete a homework requirement prior to course attendance. The homework is free and can be found on the Course Schedule tab. To view course specifics you MUST be logged into your New Mexico Online License System account.

Hunter Education – is an instructor-led student course approximately 14-16 hours in length. This traditional style of course is for students of ANY AGE that incorporates lecture, video, hands-on and review methods to educate students. Students who are 10 years of age and younger must have a parent/guardian/responsible adult attend the course with them.

Field Day Hunter Education – is an accelerated instructor-led hunter education course approximately six (6) hours in length. This course for students 11 years of AGE and older ONLY and incorporates less lecture and review and adds more hands-on components. This course is an excellent option for Mentor-Youth Hunters.

Live Fire – any instructor-led hunter education course may have an additional live-fire portion. If a course has a live-fire component students will have the opportunity to practice their marksmanship and shooting fundamentals under the direct instruction of certified instructors and department staff on a range.

Once registered in an instructor-led course, students must attend all class sessions, pass a written exam and will be tested on their ability to safely handle firearms to earn their hunter education certification. Classes often spend two or more hours outdoors. Please be sure the student is dressed accordingly. If the student fails the course, they will need register and take the entire course again.

Online Hunter Education

This course is an entirely online hunter education course option for New Mexico residents 11 years of AGE and older only. There is no required instructor-led course component for students who pass this hunter education course option. The online course is user-pay and upon successful course completion, students will be required to pay a user-fee to the online course provider. Online students must pass all chapter quizzes and the final exam to earn their New Mexico hunter education number. This is NOT the homework for the instructor-led courses.

New Mexico Game & Fish online Hunter Education Manual from

The department will continue to offer instructor-led, in-person student courses for students who do not qualify for the online course and for those who would prefer to take the in-person course. See the Course Schedule tab for upcoming, statewide hunter education course dates. Questions: contact the Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731, email , or contact any of the Department’s satellite offices.

Hunter Education Certification

Once a student has successfully passed either an instructor-led or the online course, the hunter education certification is recognized in all 50 states, Canadian provinces and Mexico.

Hunter Education Cards/Numbers
Hard copy hunter education cards are no longer mailed out to graduating students. Upon successful completion of a hunter/bowhunter education course, students will need to reprint their CIN card. The student will see an additional line with the hunter ed number listed below their name. Once the hunter ed number is listed on the CIN card, it becomes the student’s Hunter Education card/proof and is what they need to carry with them while hunting. If the hunter ed number does not appear on the CIN card after successful completion of a New Mexico hunter education course, please contact the Hunter Education Office at (505) 222-4731 or email .

Bowhunter Education

The department bowhunter education courses teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible archery hunting. Bowhunter education certification is not required to hunt during archery seasons in New Mexico; however, it is required in several surrounding states. Information on states with mandatory bowhunter education requirements can be found at the IHEA’s Bowhunter Education Standards webpage. The New Mexico Bowhunter Education Certification is accepted in all 50 states and Canadian Provinces. Bowhunter education courses are very hands-on and students are not required to have their own equipment.

Registration for bowhunter education courses is conducted online through the students department CIN account.

Bowhunter Course Options

Standard Bowhunter Course – is approximately an eight (8) hour course that incorporates lecture, review and emphasizes hands-on learning. Students are evaluated through a written exam and a field test. An adult is required to attend the course with students 10 years of age and younger. Students must complete their course homework prior to attending the class. Students have the option of completing their homework by obtaining a free hard copy of the Today’s Bowhunter student manual or by completing the manual online. Please be advised that the online manual is a user-pay. Instructions on how to obtain a hard copy manual is available through the students New Mexico Online License System CIN account once a they have registered for a bowhunter course.

Today's Bowhunter: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Field Day Bowhunter Course – is for students 11 years of age and older. This is an accelerated four (4) hour course that focuses on hands-on skills only and field evaluations. Students participating in the Bowhunter Field Day course are REQUIRED to complete the online Field Day qualifier course and exam at This course is a user pay. It is necessary to have access to a computer, printer (for completion certificate) and adequate internet access to complete the online portion for the Bowhunter Field Day.

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