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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations
Share the Hunting Experience
Some of my fondest memories are from my many
hunting trips with family and friends. Those memories,
whether we harvested an animal or not, are what keep
me going back for more every year.
Most of those memories may not be exactly what
you might think. Rarely do they focus on the kill.
Instead, my mind reflects on things like...
Dragging out at 2 a.m. for a long hike to the summit of Salvation Peak, sitting n there and seeing the stars. Yes, we were there hunting for elk. That’s what brought us to that amazing place in time, but the stars will never be forgotten.
Eating amazing meals around the campfire after a long day in the mountains, n laughing, sharing stories and telling lies. The company we keep at the campfires can never be replaced.
The time a hunting companion—so carefully stalking an elk—tripped over his n own feet and tumbled down the ridge, spooking everything within a half-mile.
My son’s first spring turkey hunt and a morning so perfect that the gobbler came n running, strutting to within 10 yards... and my son couldn’t see it.
These kinds of hunting experiences came to mind recently when someone asked me what message I would like to share with our state’s hunters and anglers.
This year, I encourage everyone to share the hunting experience—with our children, our friends, perhaps an acquaintance who may not hunt but enjoys companionship and the outdoors. We can share the scenery, the thrill of the chase, the crazy mistakes, the fresh air, and the friendship that comes with the hunting heritage that is so much a part of us.
Invite them along and with a little effort, we can give them this gift. We can show them what hunting’s really all about, and perhaps inspire them to keep going back for the memories, and if they’re lucky, some meat for the freezer or antlers for the wall.
Thank you for supporting New Mexico’s wildlife, and I wish everyone the best of luck in this year’s hunting season!
Respectfully, Alexandra Sandoval, Director New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Contents Important Reminders....................... 1 Important Dates.........
Mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish To conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety—and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.
New Mexico State Game Commissioners Paul M. Kienzle III, Chairman, P.O. Box 587, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0587 William “Bill” Montoya, Vice Chairman—125 Little Creek Hills Road, Alto, NM 88312 Dr. Tom Arvas—7905 Spain NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 Robert Espinoza, Sr.—P.O. Box 6792, Farmington, NM 87499 Ralph Ramos—921 Jana Court, Las Cruces, NM 88005 Robert "Bob" Ricklefs—167 West Cito Road, Cimarron, NM 87714 Thomas "Dick" Salopek—975 Holcomb Road, Las Cruces, NM 88007 New Mexico Department of Game and Fish One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507....................(505) 476-8000 Alexandra Sandoval, Director Dan Brooks, Deputy Director
Online Licenses, Applications and Harvest Reporting License Sales and Applications........... https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us Harvest Reporting......................... www.wildlife.state.nm.us
Using the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and its seven tenents as a blueprint, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish works tirelessly to restore wildlife habitat and conserve wildlife for generations to come. With this blueprint, scientifically sound management decisions have promoted the wise use of New Mexico’s wildlife resources and generated millions of dollars that have been used to enhance thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. This blueprint, combined with its funding stream, have enabled the department to restore populations of native wildlife at the brink of extirpation, while also enabling biological research for those species of greatest conservation need.
As Aldo Leopold explained, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” The Wildlife Management Division strives to employ strategies in wildlife and habitat conservation by integrating the needs of multiple species to ensure holistic conservation—from the smallest salamander and riparian area to the highest elevations that bighorn sheep call home.
Thank you for hunting and trapping in New Mexico. Your license dollars and the associated federal funds generated by purchases of sporting goods and equipment have allowed us to restore bighorn sheep populations to an all-time high, to offer world-class elk hunting and to continue the work of restoring mule deer populations. As we build on the successes seen in the recent past, we also are providing recreational opportunities based around our wildlife resources. As Teddy Roosevelt affirmed, “…Conservation means development as much as it does protection.” The Wildlife Management Division believes in developing recreational opportunities for hunters, trappers and the public to enjoy the wildlife of our state, and in turn, benefit conservation of all native wildlife.
Cal Baca, Wildlife Management Division Chief New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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).
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 reports. Extended hours are March 2–March 17, 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 18.
Print Your Licenses and Permits 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.
New Lower Application Fees and Quicker Refunds Application fees have been reduced to $7 for residents and $13 for nonresidents (nonrefundable fees). Refunds for deleted (cancelled) applications that are purchased by credit card now are processed immediately and will no longer require waiting until after the draw.
Application Purchase Options
• New Mexico residents may select a Second-Rod validation when purchasing the Game-hunting & Fishing License.
• Residents and nonresidents will be offered the option to purchase the Stamp Package which includes the Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp.
Applicants younger than 18 years of age will be offered the Habitat Stamp only.
• The Harvest Information Program (HIP) number also will be available for applicants to purchase separately.
New Mentored Youth Hunter Requirements To apply first-time hunters must be at least 10 years of age—but younger than 18 years of age.
Mentored-Youth Hunters may hunt deer, turkey, javelina and upland game under the supervision of a licensed adult mentor. See page 9 for information.
New Application Procedure for Bighorn Sheep Hunts New application procedures have been instituted for Rocky Mountain and desert bighorn sheep licenses. These new procedures are described on page 92 and only apply to bighorn sheep hunts.
Eurasian Collared-Dove Included in Upland Game Eurasian collared-dove is included in Upland Game, page 128.
Report Harvest Results. It’s Mandatory. 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 (page 4).
Important Dates Licenses, applications, harvest reports and general information: 1-888-248-6866 Big Game Application Deadlines February 4, 2015 Deadline to apply for turkey and bear draw permits. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).
March 18, 2015 Deadline to apply for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx and pronghorn antelope draw licenses. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).
Upland Game Application Deadline September 30, 2015 Deadline to apply for special-permit pheasant hunts. Applications must be made before 5 p.m. MDT.
Important Dates to Remember for All Game Feb. 4 Deadline to apply for bear and turkey draw permits.
Feb. 15 Deadline to report free-of-charge 2014–15 harvest results for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and turkey license holders. Results can be reported online or by telephone. Late fees apply after this date.
Feb. 27 Results for the bear and turkey draw permits are available online:
www.wildlife.state.nm.us and can be printed on standard paper.
Mar. 18 Deadline to apply for Draw Licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn antelope and oryx, and to apply for Private-land Only Deer License for Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4 and 5A.
Deadline to late-report 2014–15 harvest results for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and turkey ($8 late fee applies). Harvest reporting, regardless of success, is required for 2014–15 license holders to apply for 2015–16 draw licenses. Failure to report harvest results for these species by this date will result in rejection of all draw applications. For additional species hunting and trapping harvest-result reporting deadlines see April 7.
Licenses, applications, harvest reports and general information: www.wildlife.state.nm.us Important Dates to Remember for All Game—continued.
2015–16 License Year begins. All Over-The-Counter (OTC) license types, April 1 including Game-hunting Licenses and Game-hunting & Fishing Licenses, are available online, by telephone, at NMDGF offices and license vendors.
April 7 Deadline to report 2014–15 harvest results for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapping license holders to be eligible for big-game licenses. Results can be reported online or by telephone. Failure to report harvest results for these species by this date will result in rejection of all applications.
April. 10 Spring youth-only turkey season begins.
April 15 Spring turkey season begins.
April 29 Big Game Draw License results are available online, by telephone or at NMDGF offices.
Sept. 1 Dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons begin.
Fall archery-only turkey season begins.
Sept. 30 Application deadline for special-permit pheasant hunts. Applications must be made before 5 p.m. MDT.
Nov. 1 Fall turkey season (any legal sporting arms) begins.
Nov. 15 Quail season begins.
Dec. 10 Pheasant season begins statewide, excluding Valencia County (see page 131).
License Requirements Licenses, applications, harvest reports and general information: 1-888-248-6866 General Information
1. All big-game, small-game or turkey hunters must possess a Game Hunting License or Game Hunting & Fishing License.
2. All big-game hunters also must possess a license for the species and hunt type in which he/she will participate.
3. All hunters, trappers or anglers must possess a Habitat Management & Access Validation, except as defined on page 10.
4. All hunters, trappers or anglers on any Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands must possess a Habitat Stamp, except as defined on page 10.
Individual Account Required Each individual applying for a draw hunt, every student registering for a hunter/bowhunter education class, or any hunter or trapper reporting his/her harvest must have a personal account.
Establishing a personal NMDGF account is free of charge. Accounts can be set up online or by telephone at: https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us or 1-888-248-6866.
Purchasing Licenses, Stamps and Validations
Licenses, stamps and validations are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us, by telephone:
1-888-248-6866, at NMDGF offices and over-the-counter (OTC) from local vendors.
Information and requirements for the Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation are described on page 10.
Record Harvest (Kill) on License Instructions how to record a harvest in the field are listed on pages 20–21. Licenses can be printed at home on standard paper. If a printer is unavailable, telephone: 1-888-248-6866.
Squirrel, game birds (other than turkey) and fishing.
Licenses, stamps and validations may be purchased online, by telephone, at NMDGF offices or over-the-counter (OTC) at local vendors. A one dollar processing fee may apply.
Draw Hunt Licenses Licenses, applications, harvest reports and general information: 1-888-248-6866 Application Requirements Before applying for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, oryx and pronghorn antelope hunters must purchase a 2015–16 Game-hunting License or Game-hunting & Fishing License. Licenses are available online or by telephone during the draw application process (beginning January 7, 2015 and ending March 18, 2015).
Application and full license fees are charged at the time the application is submitted. Unsuccessful draw applicants will receive a full refund for the draw license, minus the application fee Unsuccessful draw applicants also may receive a full refund of the Game Hunting License fee, if requested at the time of application.