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New Mexico Big Game Draw Announcements

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The 2020-2021 New Mexico Big Game Draw is open

and ready for your application!

Important Deadlines:

Feb. 12 – Deadline to apply for bear and turkey draw permits. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Feb. 15 – Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey license holders. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. Late fees apply after this date.

Mar. 18 – Deadline to apply for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx, and to apply for private-land only deer licenses in Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4 and 5A. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

Mar. 18 – Deadline to submit late 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey. All 2019–20 license holders must report to be eligible for 2020–21 draw licenses. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. Failure to report for these species by this date will result in rejection of all draw applications. An $8 late fee applies.

April 7 – Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapper license holders to be eligible for big-game licenses.

Get your hunter education course in before the draw deadline

It is unlawful for anyone under 18 to apply for, or buy, any type of firearms hunting license before passing a hunter education course unless the youth is registered in the New Mexico Mentored Youth Hunting Program. Youth hunters must have proof of passing a state certified Hunter Education course or have a current Mentored Youth number in their possession while hunting.

There are three methods to getting your New Mexico Hunter Education number:

  1. Traditional Hunter Education – is an instructor-led student course approximately 14-16 hours in length. This traditional style of course is for students of and 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.
  2. Field Day Hunter Education – is an accelerated instructor-led hunter education course approximately six (6) hours in length. This course is for students10 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 Mentored Youth Hunters. Students who are 10 years of age must have a parent/guardian/responsible adult attend the course with them.
  3. Online Options – Students have the option of earning their New Mexico hunter education certification completely online. No in-person course required.The online course options are for New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older ONLY.

Register for your course today!

Facebook live series to help prepare for the draw

Did you join us on Facebook last year for information about the big game draw?

Throughout February and March we will be joined by Department biologists and topic experts to help answer questions you may have about hunting in New Mexico, how the draw works or clarification on hunting laws.

A few highlights include:

Special Draw Announcements:

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