Hunting News

Hunting News 2017-01-11T14:33:01+00:00

Hunting News

The latest hunting news and press releases, including important reminders for the 2017-2018 hunting season, from the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish. See additional wildlife news in Conservation News. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

 

Purchase Licenses, Apply for Draws and Submit Harvests

Apply for draw hunts, submit harvest reports and purchase licenses online, by telephone or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) offices. (page v).

Before April 1, game hunting licenses and stamps for the 2017–2018 season are unavailable through license sales and may be purchased only through the draw application process.

All licenses and permits are available online and can be printed on standard paper. If a computer and printer are unavailable, licenses and permits may be requested by telephone and are available at NMDGF offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting. Don’t Forget!

Whether or not a hunt or harvest occurred, harvest reporting is mandatory for all Barbary sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx, pronghorn antelope, turkey and trapper license holders.

Information Center Extended Hours

The NMDGF Information Center is open year-round, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (except holidays) to answer your questions and assist with license issues and harvest reporting. Extended hours are March 11–March 21, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 5 p.m. The Information Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on March 22.

Toll-free telephone: 1-888-248-6866

New: Premier Statewide Deer and Elk Draw Hunts

Statewide memorial hunts now available by draw for deer and elk. See pages 42, 47 and 70.

Valles Caldera (Unit 6B) Elk and Turkey Draw Hunts

Hunts on the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) are included in the draw application process. See pages 29, 71, 76, 80 and 110.

New: Extended Seasons and Over-the-Counter Licenses for Javelina

Javelina OTC licenses for certain areas now are available online, by telephone and at license vendors and NMDGF offices. See page 111.

New: Hunters Helping the Hungry

A new program to donate deer and elk meat to help feed the hungry. See page 22.

Online Hunter Education Course (Residents only)

New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older can earn a New Mexico hunter education number online.See page 24.

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See pages 11, 135 and 138 for eligibility requirements and details.

Cougar Trapping on Private and State Trust Lands

Cougars may be trapped or foot-snared on private land and State Trust land. (pages 117–120).

 

Reference (2017-18 NM Hunting Rules & Info pg. 1)

 

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 25

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 19, 2017:

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 25

SANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 25 on the […]

Public meetings will address trespassing on private land

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 11, 2017:

Public meetings will address trespassing on private land

ALAMOGORDO – Representatives of the Department of Game and Fish and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office serving Otero and Lincoln […]

Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 5, 2017:

Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule

SANTA FE –The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the pronghorn rule.
The Department […]

Electronic duck stamps available beginning September 1

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 29, 2017:

Electronic duck stamps available beginning Sept. 1

SANTA FE – New Mexico duck and goose hunters will have a more convenient way to purchase federal duck stamps beginning Sept. […]

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting seasons

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact: Information Center, (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 25, 2017:

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting seasons

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data […]

Learn to shoot, fish and have outdoor fun at the Expo

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 15, 2017:

Learn to shoot, fish and have outdoor fun at the Expo

ALBUQUERQUE – Learn to shoot firearms, catch fish and other outdoor recreational skills at the Department of Game […]

Apply now for special sandhill crane and pheasant hunts

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 25, 2017:

Apply now for special sandhill crane and pheasant hunts

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will begin accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits […]