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2023-24 NM Hunting Rules

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7-Day Delay To Be Implemented 5/15/24! Be Ready!

The New Mexico Legislature passed, and anti-gun governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed into law, House Bill 129 during the 2024 30-day session. HB 129 mandates a 7-cal­endar day waiting period on firearms purchases, including for buyers who pass a NICS background check. Exceptions only apply to FFLs, holders of valid New Mexico con­cealed handgun licenses, law enforcement agencies, sales between two law enforce­ment officers authorized to carry a firearm and certified under federal law or the Law Enforcement Training Act, and transfers between immediate family members.


Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Katy Duhigg (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos)
Sen. carrie Hamblen (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Martin Hickey (D-ABQ)
Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-ABQ)
Sen. Leo Jaramillo (D-Espanola)
Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Corrales)
Sen. Moe Maestas (D-ABQ)
Sen. Brenda McKenna (D-Corrales)
Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-ABQ)
Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-ABQ)
Sen. Michael Padilla (D-ABQ)
Sen. Shannon Pinto (D-Tohatchi)
Sen. Harold Pope (D-ABQ)
Sen. Nancy Rodriguez (D-Santa Fe)
Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bill Soules (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Liz Stefanics (D-Cerrillos)
Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bill Tallman (D-ABQ)
Sen. Peter Wirth (D-ABQ)
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)
Rep. Janelle Anyanonu (D-ABQ)
Rep. Cynthia Borrego (D-ABQ)
Rep. Micaela Cadena (D-Mesilla)
Rep. Kathleen Cates (D-Rio Rancho)
Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)
Rep. Gail Chasey (D-ABQ)
Rep. Eleanor Chavez (D-ABQ)
Rep. Art De La Cruz (D-ABQ)
Rep. Meredith Dixon (D-ABO)-
Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-ABQ)
Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ)
Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ)
Rep. Yanira Gurrola (D-ABQ)
Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-ABQ)
Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo)
Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-ABQ)
Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chamberino)
Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)
Rep. Charlotte Little (D-ABQ)
Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Javier Martinez (D-ABQ)
Rep. Marian Matthews (D-ABQ)
Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Kristina Ortez (D-Taos)
Rep. Cristina Parajon (D-ABQ)
Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Andres Romero (D-ABQ)
Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-ABQ)
Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Debra Sarinana (D-ABQ)
Rep. Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces) Rep.
Reena Szczepanski (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Liz Thomson (D-ABQ)

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show Opens Feb. 16

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show

2024 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show Opens Feb. 16

Feb. 16-18, 2024 • Manuel Lujan Building • Expo NM

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to attend the 2024 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show. Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth age 17 and younger or anyone who holds a valid New Mexico hunting or fishing license.

The annual event opens to the public Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This year’s event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display by local dealers. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Youth participants will have an opportunity to learn or enhance skills at the free catch-and-release fishing pond.

All visitors can enjoy the pellet shooting range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H, and the archery range.

The Department will host the first New Mexico 3D archery tournament during this year’s show for schools that participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The tournament will take place Friday-Sunday in the Creative Arts building, across the street from the Manuel Lujan Building, and will feature more than 350 archers from 23 teams. The public is invited to watch the tournament before or after attending the Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show.

The tournament awards ceremony will take place following the final flights on Sunday afternoon. Scores will be posted at

This year’s show also include a turkey calling challenge and an elk calling challenge. The turkey calling challenge is sponsored by the New Mexico Wildlife Foundation and features youth, ladies, slate and open categories. The contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. To enter, please call Robin Quintana at 505-490-2649 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

The elk calling challenge, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – New Mexico Chapters, will take place Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., with pee wee (age 9 and under), youth 10-17, ladies and open categories. To enter, please call Christina Salazar at 505-365-3606 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

The winners in each class will receive custom-made trophy buckles made by Thoreau-based Maynard Buckles.

Friends of the NRA – Albuquerque 2/10

Friends of the NRA

Friends of the NRA

Albuquerque South, New Mexico

Friends of NRA Event

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 4:30 PM

Embassy Suites Hotel

1000 Woodward Place NE Albuquerque, NM 87102

Join other champions of the Second Amendment for dinner, games, auctions, and fun with a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, décor, and collectibles!

NM Department of Game and Fish Upcoming Events – February 2024

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Upcoming Events – Feb. 2024

Quail Camp

Are you interested in learning but don’t know where to start? Check out this upcoming quail hunt!

Participants will learn how to identify quail, practice clay target shooting, quail hunt and field dress quail. They will also learn about rules and regulations and receive a refresher on hunter safety. Camping will take place at the Bottomless Lakes State Park campground near Roswell and the hunt will take place on nearby public land.

Get more information here.

Registration opens on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

Merriams Turkey

Turkey season is right around the corner! Check out this session to learn all you need to know to get out this spring.

Spend a day with us to learn more about wild turkeys, their habits, and hunting them. Learn the following:

  • Wild turkey biology and history of their conservation
  • How to hunt wild turkeys, including shot placement
  • Essential turkey hunting and survival gear
  • Using onX
  • How to call wild turkeys
  • Licensing and hunting regulations

This workshop will allow you plenty of time to get your gear together, scout and practice calls before the general spring season opens on April 15!

Get more information here.

Registration opens on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.


Did someone in your family get a new side-by-side, dirt bike, ATV or snowmobile for Christmas?

Or, maybe you have a snowmobile trip planned up north, and your teen is looking forward to riding too. Even if you are just waiting until the trails are clear and the weather is warmer, it is important to prepare to safely take to the trails.

Any person under 18 who wants to grab the throttle and go will need safety training before operating an OHV. Fortunately, New Mexico-approved OHV safety training is just a few clicks away.

Visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Online OHV Education web page and choose from among our online training partners for ATV, snowmobile or general OHV online training courses. Each course provider charges a small fee, approximately $35, to send the course completion card after the student passes the end-of-course test.

One safety permit is good for all the types of OHVs defined in New Mexico state law: ATV, dirt bike, side-by-side or snowmobile, though taking the course for the specific type of machine to be used is highly recommended.

The Department’s OHV training calendar will be updated soon with free hands-on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) classes around the state, but if you need a New Mexico approved safety permit now, you can get it with an online class in the warmth and comfort of your home.

For more information, contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish OHV program office at (505) 222-4712 or send email to

The New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Show is coming up Feb. 16-18, 2024 at Expo New Mexico!

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Urge State Rep Kathleen Cates To Oppose Governor’s Extreme Gun Control Plans

NRA-ILA Frontlines

She needs to be told to oppose HB 114, 127, 129, 137 and the Gun Ban and Magazine Limit Bill.

Rep. Kathleen Cates


First Gun Control Bills will be heard on Tuesday 1/23

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On Tuesday the 23rd, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will be hearing two gun control bills. HB27, the red-flag law expansion which would allow police and “healthcare providers” to initiate a red-flag gun confiscation order against someone and allow police to obtain a search warrant under the civil order, will be heard first. Second, HB114, the bill that would force firearm retailers and manufacturers out of New Mexico by making it easy to sue them, will also be heard. Here is the link to the zoom meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30pm in Room 317 of the roundhouse. Below is the contact information for members of the committee.

Representative Joanne J. Ferrary – (D) 505-986-4844

Representative Angelica Rubio – (D) 505-986-4210

Representative Stefani Lord – (R) 505-986-4453

Representative John Block – (R) 505-986-4453

Representative Andrea Romero – (D) 505-986-4243

Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – (D) 505-986-4425

The 2024-25 NM Big Game Draw Application is OPEN!!!

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

The 2024-2025 Big Game Draw application is open!

We are here to help you get ready!




The 2024 NM Legislative Session has Started

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association - NRA Sanctioned Organization

Today, the 2024 New Mexico Legislative Session officially started. The governor wasted no time attacking out rights in her State of the State speech. She has made it clear that once again she is targeting your right to own a firearm while ignoring New Mexico’s broken criminal justice system. This year is a 30-day budget session, but there have been a multitude of gun related bills filed so far. Here is the list we are tracking, some we support, most we are opposed to.

HB27 – Expand New Mexico’s “red-flag extreme risk protection order” gun confiscation law to allow a police officers and any “health care professionals” to seek an order against someone. It would also allow police to obtain a search warrant under the purely civil orders and require an accused party to immediately surrender their firearms.

HB58 – Remove the law passed in 2019 to criminalize private firearm sales.

HB78 – Make New Mexico a permitless or “constitutional” concealed carry state.

HB79 – Reduce gross receipts tax on firearm and ammunition sales.

HB81 – Tax credits for gun safe purchases. While this is a concept we support, one of the bill’s sponsors was also a sponsor of mandatory storage laws in the past, so it is a bill we will be watching very carefully.

HB114 – Increased civil liability for the firearms industry by creating new civil actions against gun manufacturers and retailers in New Mexico. Several New Mexico FFLs have told us they would go out of business if this bill passes.

HB127 – Banning anyone under 21 from purchasing or possessing a semiautomatic firearm. An 18-year old who currently own a semiautomatic firearm would not be allowed to keep their gun if the bill passes.

HB129 – Mandatory 14-day waiting period on firearm sales. After you purchased a gun, you would have to wait 14 business days before you could take it home with you.

SB5 – Banning firearms near polling places.

Additionally, we are expecting several more bills that have yet to be filed, or do not have a bill number yet.

A semi-automatic rife ban that would also require current owners to register their firearms with the state.
Another version of a 14-day waiting period bill.
A bill that would impose an 11% excise tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition.
A bill that would impose even more restrictions on where someone can carry a firearm.

This is going to be a very busy session for gun owners. We will be sending out alerts as we receive information on bills and when they will be heard

Zac Fort


NM Gov. Grisham 2024 Gun Control Package Is Insane

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More Gun Bills Filed New Mexico Legislature 2024

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As we approach the start of the 2024 New Mexico Legislative Session, there are more bills we want to make you aware of. First, while we don’t have a bill number yet, Senator Cervantes has said that he will again file a firearm waiting period bill. The bill would require a 14 Business Day wait before a purchased firearm could be taken home. Once we have a bill number we will send an update.

The 30-day session is a budget session, so non-budget bills require a message from the governor to be added to the agenda. Here are some bills that have been filed, but we don’t know yet if they will be heard.

HB58 from Representative Lord would repeal New Mexico’s law criminalizing private firearm sales. HB78 from Representative Block would make New Mexico a permitless, or constitutional carry, state. HB79 from Representative Block would reduce gross receipts tax on firearm and ammunition sales. HB81 from Representatives Reeb and Hernandez would give New Mexicans a tax credit for purchasing a gun safe.

We will continue to update you on the progress of firearm related legislation in Santa Fe. Please forward our email alerts to your contacts who need to know what is happening in Santa Fe and let them know they can subscribe for free anytime. Also, please consider donating to NMSSA to help us keep up the fight for your rights in New Mexico.