Elk and Deer Hunting Changes – Public Comment Needed New Mexico

We’re gearing up for the elk and deer hunting seasons to fill the freezer with organic meat, and there are public meetings about the hunts scheduled in New Mexico. In Colorado, there is a decline in elk herd population throughout the southern half of the state. In the New Mexico public meetings, they’ll include a proposal for increased elk hunting in areas.

You need to attend their public meetings to get the low-down on where and why. If you cannot attend a meeting there is a link at the bottom of the article which tells where you can learn more about the proposals. There are also links to the email addresses you’ll need to contact with your feedback.

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Deer, elk and elk private lands use system changes topic of public meetings

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the deer, elk, and elk private lands use system rules.

The department is proposing changes in deer, elk and the elk private lands use system (E-PLUS) across the state, including; splitting the deer archery season into 2 distinct seasons (September and January), adjusting licenses, adding new hunts, increasing elk harvest in some areas and establishing criteria to better administer the E-PLUS program.

To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:

  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
  • Santa Fe: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave.
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.

The proposals can be viewed on the department website, www.wildlife.nm.us. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-Deer-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-Elk-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or in person at one of the meetings listed above.


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New Mexico Big-Game Hunt Draw Deadline

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for a New Mexico big-game hunt. The process is pretty simple, and you can do it online. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has included some tips below.

Deadline is Wednesday to apply for big-game hunting licenses

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters that Wednesday, March 21, is the deadline to apply for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina and Barbary sheep licenses. The department expects more than 160,000 applicants for about 60,000 licenses.

Hunters must complete their applications before 5 p.m. MDT March 21. All applicants must create an online account at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us prior to applying.

Here’s how to apply:

  • Online: Applicants can access or create accounts via the “Customer Login” link on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. From their account, applicants will select “Draw Hunt Applications” in the main menu and then will be prompted through license and application choices.
  • By phone: Hunters without computer access or who need help applying can call toll-free, (888) 248-6866 and a department representative will submit an application for them. The information center will be open until 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The center will close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Phone lines will be extremely busy as the deadline approaches, so applicants are encouraged to apply early and have their hunt choices ready.

Applicants will be able to print 2018 nonrefundable game-hunting and game-hunting and fishing licenses from their account March 22. Draw licenses can be printed after the draw results are released April 25. Licenses are no longer mailed except by request.

To be eligible for the draw, applicants who held deer, elk or turkey licenses for the 2017-18 seasons must have submitted a harvest report either online or through the information center and paid any applicable late fees by March 21. Applicants who held 2017-18 licenses for oryx, ibex, Barbary sheep, javelina and trapping must submit harvest reports by April 7. Failure to report before the deadlines will result in rejection of all draw applications.

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2018-19 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us and available in print at license vendors and department offices. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines and other information before applying for licenses or going afield. The department website also includes valuable information about how the draw works, application procedures, game-management unit maps, drawing odds and a “How to Apply” video.

Hunters this year are especially encouraged to review new rules regarding tagging their harvested game. A separate tag will be required in addition to the printed license, and all big game and turkeys must be tagged at the time of harvest. Tags will be mailed to all successful draw hunt applicants and will be available at all license vendors and department offices for over-the-counter licenses. Some restrictions may apply for online big game license purchases to accommodate mailing of tags.

Complete information about the new tagging requirements is available on the department website and in the Hunting Rules & Information booklet. Read more about tagging here.


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Apply Now for 2018-19 Draw Only Hunts

We can see New Mexico from our ranch in southern Colorado, aka So. CO. Can you guess that that means we not only hunt in Colorado but also in that state across the line. While some of the turkey hunting units offer over the counter options for purchasing hunting licenses, there are many that require a hunter to apply for the draw. You see, hunting licenses are limited.

Big game is nearly 100% draw in NM. That means we need to remember to get our deer, elk, antelope and other applications filed on time if we plan to have some field-to-fork New Mexico antelope burritos for dinner next year. Learn more about the deadlines and draw process in the release below.

2018-19 draw hunt application opens Wednesday

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will begin accepting applications for 2018-19 big-game and turkey licenses and permits at 10 a.m. Wednesday, online and over the telephone.

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2018-19 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now at www.wildlife.state.nm.us and available in print soon at license vendors and department offices. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines, and other information before applying for licenses or going afield.

Hunters this year are especially encouraged to review new rules regarding tagging their harvested game. A separate tag will be required in addition to the printed license, and all big game and turkeys must be tagged at the time of harvest. Tags will be mailed to all successful draw hunt applicants and will be available at all license vendors and department offices for over-the-counter licenses. Some restrictions may apply for online big game license purchases to accommodate mailing of tags.

Complete information about the new tagging requirements is available on the department website and in the Hunting Rules & Information booklet. Read more about tagging here.

The application deadline for bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Feb. 7. The application deadline for big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 21. Hunters need to file all mandatory harvest reports from last season’s hunts to be eligible for the 2018-2019 draw. See the Hunting Rules and Information booklet for reporting deadlines.

Hunters can apply for licenses and permits by signing on or creating an online account at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/.

Application assistance also is available at the department Information Center, toll-free (888) 248-6866. The 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 reporting. Extended hours are March 10–March 20, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon–5 p.m. Please have your hunt choices ready if applying for draw hunts by phone. The Information Center will close at 4:30 p.m. March 21.


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Youth Encouragement Elk Hunting Licenses

Hunting elk is a wildlife management tool which needs to be shared with the next generation. This year I’d like to present you with the challenge of taking a new hunter out in the woods. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) will soon begin the sale of their youth encouragement licenses. This is your opportunity to introduce others to the elk hunting experience. Tell me, who have you shared the hunt with? ~Mia


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 5.

The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 19, 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 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. 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 2017-2018 Hunting Rules and Information booklet available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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Leftover New Mexico Deer and Javelina Licenses

Leftover deer and javelina licenses go on sale June 21

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – Almost 350 deer hunting licenses and over 100 javelina licenses that were not allocated during the annual 2017-18 big-game drawing will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 21, only on the Department of Game and Fish website.

New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses during the first-come, first-served sale. License sales will be open only to residents for the first 24 hours. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 22.

Important note for youth hunters: Because these are leftover draw licenses, purchasing a leftover deer license will render youth hunters ineligible to purchase a youth encouragement elk license during the first 14 days of the upcoming sale.

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To be eligible to buy a leftover license, hunters are reminded that they previously must 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 are strongly encouraged to obtain or review online customer accounts, including their Customer Identification Number, user name and password, and to be signed on to their account before the sale begins. Popular licenses often sell out in minutes, sometimes seconds, after sales begin.

 

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Leftover licenses will be sold online only. Licenses and stamps can be printed from any computer by signing on to an account and selecting “My purchases.”

 

Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license also 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.

For more information about the leftover license sale or other Department of Game and Fish matters, please call the department’s toll-free information line, (888) 248-6866. Leftover licenses will not be sold over the phone, however.

Here is a list of available licenses:
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300 Cow Elk Licenses Added to 2017-18 Draw – New Mexico Residents

300 cow elk licenses added to 2017-18 draw;
residents only

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has added 300 more hunting licenses for antlerless elk in Game Management Unit 34 in southeastern New Mexico to this year’s annual draw. Only New Mexico residents are eligible to apply for these licenses.

Applications currently are being accepted through the department online licensing system, www.wildlife.state.us, or by calling the Information Center, (888) 248-6866. Hunters who already have applied have the option of adding the new hunts to their applications by calling (888) 248-6866.

Licenses will be added to three hunts, all in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo in Game Management Unit 34:

  • ELK-1-310 – Nov. 25-29, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.
  • ELK-1-311 – Dec. 2-6, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.
  • ELK-1-312 – Dec. 9-13, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 22. The deadline to change applications by phone is 4:30 p.m. March 22.


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New Mexico Hunting – Revised State Wildlife Action Plan Available

Revised State Wildlife Action Plan Available

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – A revised draft of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish State Wildlife Action Plan is available for public review and comment.

The document serves as the blueprint for planning and implementation of the department’s wildlife and habitat conservation initiatives over the next 10 years. It can be viewed and downloaded from the department website,www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-wildlife-action-plan.


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A printed version of the plan can be obtained by contacting Matt Wunder of the department’s Ecological and Environmental PIanning Division, (505) 476-8118 ormatthew.wunder@state.nm.us.

 

Comments about the plan can be submitted to the department by email, DGF-comments.swap@state.nm.us or by regular mail:

Matt Wunder
Ecological and Environmental PIanning Division
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Comments must be received by Aug. 31 to be considered for use in the final document. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.


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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.

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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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