Elk Hunting Opportunities Available in New Mexico

If you’re still looking for a way to fill the freezer, a New Mexico elk hunt might be right up your alley. Read below to learn how you can get an archery license.

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 25

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 25 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours, after which any remaining licenses will be available to everyone. Only hunters who did not hold a 2017-2018 elk license are eligible. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers having at least six points on one side.

Hunters are advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, including user name and password, before the sale begins. The sale is online-only and hunts normally sell out seconds after becoming available.

Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 18-22, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 16-20, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 2-6, 50 licenses.

Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 83 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet. To review the regulations or purchase a hunt, visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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To be eligible to buy a license, hunters must previously have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts.

Hunters planning to purchase a license must have completed all mandatory 2016-2017 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases.

The department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs.


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Elk Hunting – Youth Encouragement Licenses For Sale

Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses for sale

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. July 6.

The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.


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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE:

  • For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to N.M. resident youths who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt. Please note that the purchase of a leftover, draw hunt for deer counts as a successful deer application.

  • Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.

  • Must be under 18 years old on the opening day of hunt.

Beginning at 10 a.m., July 20, the sale will open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency, who did not draw a 2016-17 elk license, whether they applied or not.

Hunters must have a current Junior Game Hunting or a Junior Game Hunting and Fishing license prior to purchasing an elk license. Customers without a Game Hunting license will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the youth encouragement sale.

All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility.

Hunters planning to purchase a youth encouragement license must have completed all mandatory 2015-2016 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases. After eligibility is verified, licenses will be awarded to hunters and will be available to print and view within a few days of purchase. Licenses can be printed from any computer by logging in to an account and selecting “My Purchases” in the main menu.

For more information about the youth encouragement elk license sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for help logging in, please call customer service at (888) 248-6866. Youth encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone. For the list of available hunts please see the 2016-2017 Hunting Rules and Information booklet available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.



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New Mexico Elk Habitat, Research Get Boost from RMEF

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New Mexico Elk Habitat,
Research Get Boost from RMEF Grants

RMEFMISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $117,016 in grants to benefit wildlife habitat, hunting heritage programs and scientific research in New Mexico.

The grants will directly benefit 4,228 acres in Catron, De Baca, Grant, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Socorro Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit.

“An increase in wildfire over the past several decades shows a need for forest restoration in New Mexico,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This funding, in part, will assist with a study to determine how elk react to such projects in an effort to help biologists improve feed for elk and other wildlife.”

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Youth Elk Hunting Licenses to Go on Sale – NMDGF

Plenty of youth elk hunting licenses for sale

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SANTA FE – More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8.

The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

The Little Gal with her two guides.  Girls Rock!

Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license.

Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license. Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account before purchasing an elk-hunting license.

Hunters must have a current Junior Game Hunting or a Junior Game Hunting and Fishing license to purchase an elk license. Customers without a Game Hunting license will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the youth encouragement sale.

All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility.

Hunters planning to purchase a youth encouragement license must have completed all mandatory 2014-15 harvest-reporting requirements, or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee, will be refunded on a rejected purchase. After eligibility is verified, licenses will be awarded to hunters and will be available to print and view within a few days of purchase. Licenses can be printed from any computer by logging in to an account and selecting “My Purchases” in the main menu.

For more information about the Youth Encouragement Elk License sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for help logging in, please call customer service at (888) 248-6866. Youth Encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone.

Here is a list of available licenses:

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Mia & LG a New Mexico Elk Hunt

Bull elk taken with .270 Winchester rifle.
Bull elk taken with .270 Winchester rifle.

As we make our plans for the coming fall hunting season, we reminisce about last year’s hunts. LG had an outstanding hunting season last fall. She started it off with a huge tom-turkey. Then she harvested another cow elk. Later she managed to fill a tag by harvesting her very first mule deer buck. So, with a freezer full of meat, she still had a New Mexico Bull Elk tag.

We headed south to look for a bull for the LG. Late season, December elk hunts can be, and hers was, extreme. Temperatures can below zero. One morning it was -28 degrees but LG was a trooper. She toughed it out and hunting right up until the last hour of the last day of season. See below as we share a bit of LG’s New Mexico elk hunt.

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Opportunity for a 2012 archery elk

If you didn’t draw a license or didn’t get an elk in the state you were hunting, there is still a chance for a 2012 elk. New Mexico Department of  Game and Fish published this newsletter earlier this week.

Wildlife News
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Contact: (505) 476-8000
ispa@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 22, 2012:

LATE-SEASON ARCHERY ELK LICENSES AVAILABLE OCT. 31 IN ONLINE SALE

SANTA FE – Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Oct. 31, first-come, first-served, on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours. Any remaining licenses will be available to nonresidents beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 1. Only hunters who did not hold a 2012-2013 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers that have at least six points on one side.

Hunters are strongly advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, user name and password before the sale begins. The sale is first-come, first-served and popular hunts sell out quickly. Available licenses include:

Archery hunts, trophy bull elk (six-point antlers or more on one side):

  • Unit 12: Nov. 17-21, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 34: Dec. 15-19, 200 licenses.
  • Unit 37: Dec. 1-5, 50 licenses.

The Department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists continue to assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs. Because these assessments require information gathered during fall aerial surveys and regular fall hunts, the licenses are made available via an online sale.

New Mexico offers Youth Encouragement licenses to resident and non-resident hunters

Good morning. I was just taking a moment to catch up on email and news letters that are sitting in the InBox waiting for me. I had to share this one because it is GOOD NEWS!

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), released August 1, 2012:

LOTS OF YOUTH ELK LICENSES, LEFTOVER DEER, JAVELINA LICENSES STILL AVAILABLE

New Mexico releases leftover licenses each year toward the end of the summer. It is always a chance to purchase a hunting license in the event you did not draw your first choice. The NMDGF indicates that they have lots of deer and javelina licenses available for purchase. If you didn’t draw in New Mexico, go check it out. All licenses are sold online at the department’s web-site: www.wildlife.state.us.

Now for what I consider the good news!

Youth antlerless elk licenses

Young hunters – resident or nonresident – who did not draw an elk license for the upcoming seasons can purchase one of more than 1,500 Youth Encouragement Elk Licenses available Aug. 2.
The special licenses – all for antlerless elk — will be available to any hunter younger that age 18 who did not draw a 2012-13 elk license, whether they applied or not. The licenses previously were available only to resident youths who had applied but were unsuccessful in drawing any big-game license. Sales were suspended for 24 hours beginning at 10 a.m. MDT Aug. 1, and will be reopened at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.
Under state law, youths younger that age 18 must have passed an approved hunter education course before applying or purchasing a hunting license. More information and a list of available classes are available at – HYPERLINK “http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us” www.wildlife.state.nm.us under the “Education” tab.
Available elk licenses include hunts for all weapon types in some of the most popular areas in the state.
Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Offering New Mexico Elk hunts.
We also have landowner tags available for elk hunts in New Mexico. Choose your five consecutive days between October 1 and December 31 for your New Mexico Elk hunt!

We also have landowner licenses available for elk hunts in New Mexico. Choose your five consecutive days between October 1 and December 31 for your New Mexico Elk hunt!

If you have a little hunter who wants to hunt, or who you have been trying to get more involved in hunting, here is an opportunity to take them out. Let me know how it goes. I love to hear your stories. Don’t forget to read about Mia & the Little Gal at the Women’s Outdoor News. It’s all about getting the kids outside and passing our traditions on to the next generation.

The Little Gal with her first elk!

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Draw results posted for ELK Colorado – 2012

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Elk hunt, bear hunt, mule deer hunt, turkey hunt, New Mexiico, ColoradoWolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Hey you all! Colorado 2012 draw results are posted for ELK. Head over and see if you were successful. Let us know so we can firm up your spot!!!

  • Remember, if you didn’t draw your Colorado Elk tag, we have New Mexico land owner tags available. You can choose and five consecutive days between October 1 and December 31, 2012 for your New Mexico Elk hunt.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/Pages/DrawResults_PreferencePoints.aspx

Elk Hunt – Colorado

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc., WCO, offers private land Elk hunts in Southwest Colorado.

The five day elk hunts are guided. We provide one guide per hunter. Our guides are experienced and are essential to your deer hunt. Hunt spot and stalk, horse back or stand.  We strive to make your hunt a successful one.

Licensing information: Please make yourself familiar with the regulations and licensing requirements with the Department of Wildlife CO: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/

Contract, Deposit & Payment information WCO requires all clients to enter a contract when reserving hunt dates.  A 50% deposit is required.  The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.  We accept Visa, Master & Discover Card. Note: Hunt dates are available on a first come first serve basis. A hunt is not reserved until deposit and signed contract are received.

Licensed, Bonded, Insured CO license# 2757   NM outfitter# 4735 Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. is an equal opportunity service provider.