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2022-23 NM Hunting Rules

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2022-2023 License Year Starts Soon

Get your 2022-2023 Fishing and Hunting Licenses

Sales of “over-the-counter” fishing and hunting licenses for the 2022-2023 license year are underway.

Anglers will need a 2022-2023 fishing license beginning April 1.

If you purchased a game-hunting or game-hunting and fishing license through the 2022-2023 draw application, it is now available in […]

Bighorn, javelina and pronghorn hunting rules topic of public meetings

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505)


Bighorn, javelina and pronghorn hunting rules topic of public meetings

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed […]

Kicking off the 2022-2023 big game hunting season

It seems like it comes faster and faster each year – the start of the 2022-2023 hunting season is roaring toward us. As of Jan. 19, 2022, the big game draw is open!

The leaves have changed and fallen to the ground. The elk and pronghorn ruts are in the distance and the deer […]

Bear Hunting Season Closed Statewide

Attention New Mexico bear hunters:

Effective Dec. 15, 2021, bear hunting is closed Statewide.

Cougar: All zones are open.

Please remember: Before hunting bears or cougars, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department’s website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.


Big Game Hunting for 2022-2023

Even with the holidays upon us, we are sure that you are already thinking about the 2022-2023 hunts!

As of today you have exactly 91 days to plan, read draw odds reports, scheme on the best way to draw and get your applications in. Here is what you need to know to start […]

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting and fishing seasons

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.

The 2021-2022 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All […]

#HuntNM21 – Deadlines are approaching quickly

#HuntNM21 Apply now for the Big Game Draw

Deadlines are approaching fast:

– March 10 at 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to qualify for the incentive program.

– March 17 at 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to apply for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx. Deadline […]

Are you planning to apply for the 2021 – 2022 big game draw?

Whether you have applied for years or are ready to apply for the first time, here are some thing you need to know. Rules and Information Booklet

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2021-2022 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now and will be available in print soon. Hunters […]

National Hunting & Fishing Day 2019

September 28, 2019

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 28, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, […]