Your Big-Game Draw Results are Online | New Mexico

Today is the big day, and I’ve got a deer hunting license in my hand! Did you draw any of your New Mexico big-game hunting licenses?

Big-game draw results available today

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – Hunters who applied for New Mexico big-game licenses will know their draw results early again this spring through the Department of Game and Fish online license system.At 10 a.m. today, the department released draw results to customer accounts on the department website and began sending emails to successful applicants, seven days earlier than expected.Draw licenses may be printed from the customer’s account and tags will be mailed to the address provided. Do not hunt without a valid license and tag.Unsuccessful applicants should receive refunds on credit cards beginning today and through their checking accounts within the next two weeks.More than 203,000 applicants tried for about 58,000 deer, 58,000 deer, elk, antelope, oryx, ibex, Barbary sheep and javelina licenses — an all-time application record and 7 percent increase over 2017.Hunters can check their draw results by logging onto their customer account on the department website, onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us beginning at 10 a.m. today. Results and assistance also will be available by phone at (888) 248-6866.


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Special Hunter Education Camp – New Mexico

If there is one thing you can do to more readily comprehend hunters and hunting it is to complete a hunter education course. I volunteer and teach others not to create more hunters, but to create an awareness of conservation, wildlife, hunting, safety, laws, and more importantly ethics. After that, if one wants to take to the field to pursue wild animals, I support that! Listed below is a wonderful camp for youth. Have you attended a class or camp yet? — What about your kids?

Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Thunderbird near Mimbres

nmdgf-logo-color_originalMIMBRES – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.

The camp is open to youths ages 11 and over who are accompanied by an adult. It will be conducted the weekend of May 18-20, at the beautiful Camp Thunderbird in the Gila National Forest. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration for this camp opportunity opens April 16. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 12 p.m., April 30, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff.

To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

For more information please contact the Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.


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HELP – New Mexico Big Game Hunting License Application

The clock is ticking for you to get your New Mexico big-game hunting application complete. With new rules and system changes, this might be a challenge for some. Due to the possibility of you, or me, needing extra help with the process, NMDGF has extended their hours and will be available to help.

Information center open extra hours beginning Saturday to help hunters apply for 2018-19 big-game licenses

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish employees will be working extended hours and Saturdays this month to help hunters apply for big-game hunting licenses.

Information center hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays from March 10 through March 20. The Santa Fe office will assist walk-ins from noon to 5 p.m March 10 and March 17. The information center will close at 4:30 p.m. March 21. Online applications must be completed by 5 p.m. that day.

Rules and information about applying for 2018-2019 hunting licenses is available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Printed editions of Hunting Rules & Information booklets are available at department area offices and license vendors. For more information or help applying for licenses, please call the information center at (888) 248-6866. Please have hunt choices and other information ready before calling.

The application deadline for big-game, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, Barbary and bighorn sheep, oryx, ibex, and javelina is 5 p.m. March 21. Last season’s harvest reports for deer, elk, antelope, and turkey must be submitted by that date and an $8 late fee will apply. Javelina, Barbary sheep, oryx, ibex and trapping license holders must report by April 7. Failure to report by these deadlines will result in rejection of all applications for this hunting season.

For more information about how to apply for licenses, please visit the department website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or see the instructional video on the department’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NMGameandFish.


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Mobile App Introduced by New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

If you’re a New Mexico hunter, looking to fill the freezer, you need to know about the new mobile app the Department of Game and Fish has introduced. While we’re having talks about budgets in Colorado, New Mexico is advancing technology and finding ways to save money.

The NMDGF has implemented a 100% online licensing process, saving the Department millions of dollars. While they’re at it, they designed and introduced the new mobile app, where hunters are able to purchase licenses, and then store them on their devices.

This app will also feature mapping and hunting unit viewing. Years ago I had a similar app for Colorado on an old cell-phone. It provided unit mapping, hunt success percentages, and more. I had to trade the phone in for a new one, and have never been able to find the app again. When I’ve asked CPW rangers about the app, they had no idea to which I was referring. I’d like to see that app re-introduced.

I now use OnX Hunt Maps on my phone and the GPS. I’ve purchased the chip for the GPS because I don’t always have cell service in the areas I hunt. Tell me, what mapping devices are you using? What do you think about carrying your hunting license on your phone? What are some ways your state offers licenses?

“New! A free mobile app is available from New Mexico Game and Fish Department powered by Pocket Ranger® to enhance hunting and fishing our state.

The app offers easy access to hunting and fishing maps, fishing reports, license purchasing, rules and regulations publications, news releases, and more. The app includes quick access to Operation Game Thief, mobile-accessible wildlife.state.nm.us and New Mexico Wildlife magazine.”

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New Mexico Counties Oppose Public Lands Transfer

In New Mexico, there are lands owned by the state, on which we enjoy hunting. While I have personally enjoyed hunting an guiding on some of these properties, I’m not set on allowing the state to manage additional lands. What is your outlook on these public land transfers?

Three New Mexico Counties Oppose Transfer of America’s Public Lands to the State


RooseveltEddy, Harding, and Mora county commissioners join a growing list of local decision makers issuing official statements of support for public lands in their communities

MORA, N.M. — The Board of County Commissioners for Mora County, N.M., passed a resolution affirming their commitment to keeping public lands in public hands. This action underscores a local movement, with Eddy and Harding county commissions having approved similar resolutions this summer, and a groundswell of support for public lands across the West.

This local opposition to the state takeover of public lands supports every American’s ability to hunt, fish, and find solitude in the outdoors. Each county resolution recognizes the importance of public lands for basic economic activities such as:

  • Providing fish and wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation—including hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife-watching, horseback riding, and bicycling—that are essential to residents’ quality of life.
  • Attracting outdoor recreation tourism that drives local spending and employs hundreds of county residents.
  • Preserving historically significant and irreplaceable cultural sites and landscapes.

“Public lands provide unparalleled hunting and fishing opportunities in our state,” says Jim Bates, an avid sportsman from Las Cruces, N.M. “I’m proud to live in a place where elected officials value public lands and see how unworkable and unnecessary the idea of state takeover is to millions of Americans. I hope that other counties across the West will take up this banner in support of our outdoor heritage.”

Mora County is home to the Mora River and Canadian River, which offer excellent trout fishing, as well as Ocate Peak and Old Santa Fe Trail, which are popular with hunters pursuing elk, pronghorns, mule deer, bears, cougars, turkeys, and various small game animals.

Eddy County—where commissioners passed a similar resolution on June 27— has approximately 2.5 million acres of public lands that are valued by sportsmen and women for their abundant opportunities to pursue elk, mule deer, Barbary sheep, pronghorns, bears, pumas, doves, quail, waterfowl, trout, and bluegills.

In the northern part of the state, Harding County passed its own resolution of support for public lands offering fishing, camping, hiking, and backpacking in the Canadian River Canyon, Mills Canyon, and Mosquero Canyon. The Kiowa National Grasslands is also a very popular deer hunting area.

“These elected officials have proven their commitment to America’s public lands and they should be commended by sportsmen beyond their county limits,” says John Cornell, New Mexico field representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “This movement of support for keeping public lands accessible and well managed, which has been echoed in county governments across the West, further proves that New Mexico can be the posterchild state for strong coordination and multiple-use on our public lands.”

A total of 29 pro-public-lands resolutions have been passed by county and municipal governments across the West in the past two years—eight have now been passed in New Mexico. For links to these resolutions and other public statements of support for public lands, visit sportsmensaccess.org.

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Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing. By ensuring access to quality fish and wildlife habitat, we’re also safeguarding the $887 billion that sportsmen and women help contribute to the American economy.


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New Mexico State Wildlife Action Plan Approved by Federal Administrators

USFWS approves N.M.’s State Wildlife Action Plan

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received notice the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially approved New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan on Wednesday.

The plan was approved by the New Mexico State Game Commission last November and was submitted to federal administrators resulting in an initial release of $812,000 in State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) funds and qualifies the department to continue receiving annual funds through 2025.

New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan is a non-regulatory, science-based planning document that provides an inventory of species throughout the state in need of conservation, their habitats, potential threats and potential conservation actions. The department will use the plan to guide the preparation of SWG grant requests for projects beneficial to species in need of conservation.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the final State Wildlife Action Plan, please visit the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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Deadline to Apply for Big-Game Hunting Licenses

Wednesday is deadline 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 22, is the deadline to apply for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina and Barbary sheep licenses. The department expects more than 170,000 applicants for about 60,000 licenses.

Hunters must complete their applications before 5 p.m. MDT March 22. All applicants previously must have created an online account at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Here’s how to apply:

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  • 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. Applicants must have their hunt codes selected before calling. The information center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays until March 21. The center will close at 4:30 p.m. on deadline day, Wednesday, March 22, to allow representatives to help customers complete applications before the 5 p.m. deadline. Phone lines will be extremely busy as the deadline approaches, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants who didn’t request a refund for their game-hunting license or decided to purchase a combination game-hunting and fishing license will be able to print them from their account when the license year begins April 1. Draw licenses can be printed after the draw results are released April 26. Licenses are no longer mailed except by request.

To be eligible for the draw, applicants who held deer, elk, antelope or turkey licenses for the 2016-17 seasons must have submitted a harvest report either online or through the information center and paid any applicable late fees by March 22. Applicants who held 2016-17 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.

Before applying, hunters are strongly encouraged to read the Rules and Information booklet, available online, from license vendors or at department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, and to have their hunt codes selected if applying by phone. 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.


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Public Meetings on Migratory Bird Rule Proposals

Public meetings scheduled on migratory bird rule proposals

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nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed migratory bird rules for next hunting season.

Proposals for the 2017-18 migratory bird hunting season including dates and bag limits can be seen on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. The department works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils to formulate proposals. Proposals are not considered final until they have been published in the Federal Register.

Public meetings about the proposals are:

  • Roswell: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish  Southeast Area Office, 1912 W. Second St., Roswell.

  • La Joya: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 22, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Exit 169, Interstate 25, La Joya.

  •  Farmington: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 27, Farmington Civic Center, 200 W Arrington St., Farmington.

  • Las Vegas: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 28, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, N.M. 281, Las Vegas.

 

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Proposals also can be requested by email, DGF-waterfowl@state.nm.us or by postal mail, Mason Cline, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504.

 

Public comments must received by 5 p.m. March 30 to be included in the department’s recommendations to the State Game Commission at its April 5 meeting in Artesia. Comments can be emailed to DGF-waterfowl@state.nm.us. The department will continue to accept public comments until it makes it makes a final recommendation to the commission at its May 11 meeting in Clayton.


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New Mexico Hunting Applications – NMDGF Open Extra Hours to Help

Information center open extra hours to help hunters

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish employees will be working extended hours and Saturdays this month to help hunters apply for big-game hunting licenses.

Information center hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays from March 11 through March 21. The Santa Fe office will assist walk-ins from noon to 5 p.m March 11 and March 18. The information center will close at 4:30 p.m. March 22. Online applications must be completed by 5 p.m. that day. All hours of operation are based on Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

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Rules and information about applying for 2017-2018 hunting licenses is available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Printed editions of Hunting Rules & Information booklets are available at department area offices and license vendors. For more information or help applying for licenses, please call the information center at (888) 248-6866. Please have hunt choices and other information ready before calling.

The application deadline for big game, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, Barbary and bighorn sheep, oryx, ibex and javelina is 5 p.m. March 22. Last season’s harvest reports for deer, elk, antelope and turkey must be submitted by that date and an $8 late fee will apply. Javelina, Barbary sheep, oryx, ibex and trapping license holders must report by April 7. Failure to report by these deadlines will result in rejection of all applications for this hunt season.

For more information about how to apply for licenses, please visit the department website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or see the instructional video on the department’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NMGameandFish.


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New Mexico Hunters – File Harvest Reports

Hunters: Don’t forget to file your mandatory
harvest reports

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – Mandatory harvest deadlines are fast approaching for hunters and trappers who held licenses for New Mexico’s 2016-17 seasons.

The deadline to file a free report for hunters who held 2016-17 deer, elk, antelope or turkey licenses is Feb. 15, 2017. After that date, an $8 late fee will apply. Hunters must report on or before the March 22 application deadline or their applications will be rejected from the big-game draws.

The deadline to report for those who held 2016-17 Barbary sheep, javelina, oryx, ibex, or trapping licenses is April 7, 2017. The later harvest-reporting deadline allows license holders for those species to submit results after the seasons have closed.

Hunters and trappers can file their mandatory harvest report online at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us by logging in to their account and clicking “Harvest Reporting” in the main menu. Reports also can be submitted by phone toll-free at (888) 248-6866 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The department encourages hunters and trappers to keep their confirmation number for their records and to update their account information and provide a valid email address so they can receive important information, confirmation emails and receipts from the department.

License holders must file a report, even if they did not hunt or trap. Failure to file a mandatory harvest report on time will result in rejection of all big-game applications.


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