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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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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Memories of a high mountain elk hunt

You couldn’t ask for better quality mom/daughter time than on an elk hunt in the high country. LG had quite the hunting season last fall. She drew more hunting tags than we knew what to do with. Actually we DID know what to do with them. We went hunting!

2014-We drew some tags. Did you? (Colorado draw results and preference points)

LG had a Colorado bear tag, a rifle elk tag, a mule deer tag AND a New Mexico elk tag. That’s a lot of tags for Little Gal, especially when she has school to attend. We try not to miss too much school for hunting, but I admit it does happen.

I took her out of school for 3 days, and we headed for the high country to look for an elk. It was quite a fun trip for the two of us. We had good times, made good memories and spent quality time together. PLUS she knocked down an elk! Horseback elk hunt packing out  LG elk

Pre-hunt: Set up camp in 6″ of snow! “WHOOP! WHOOP!” Snow helps the hunt.

Day 1: We rode in a horseback. It was dark and we made it to our desired spot before sunrise. The shadows of three cows crossed before sunlight. There were no bulls with them. LG had an either sex tag but really wanted a bull.
As the sun rose we saw the cows had moved from the meadow and on up a hill across the way. Shortly after sunrise we heard bulls screaming and headed that way. We had one within 100 yards, screaming at us, through the thick trees. We called but couldn’t pull him out.
The snow from the night before was frozen and crusted. We waited until it softened and then made our stalk. We scaled the mountain, keeping downwind, until we were on the same level as the bull. We stopped to catch our breath and glass through the thick trees to see if we could spot him. Suddenly we heard him jump and run.
“Dang it! He must have winded us.”
Nope. Shortly after we saw orange coming across a game trail. Yep another hunter had spooked him.
So close, but no luck on day 1.

Day 2: We were there before sun up again. We tied the horses and waited near by for the sun to rise. It took forever that day. It poured rain, sleeted, snowed and hailed. When it was finally light enough to see, we saw nothing. The elk were fairly quiet. We heard faint bugles here and there. Who knows, that may have been other hunters attempting to locate the bulls. We rode and glassed and rode and glassed. We ran into a lot of hunters. That day was tough because, as I said, it had snowed the day before. The snow crunched when we hiked. There was not sneaking anywhere that day. That second day we attained nothing wet and cold.

Day 3: That morning we bypassed all the early meadows. There was a camp we’d had to pass the morning before. The race was on because the hunters there were already gone. They tried to beat us up the mountain. We noted they were afoot. Then we saw their tracks went to the right. You guessed it. We went left and rode our horses right up that mountain.
As we crested a bench, I caught sight of the rear-end of an elk moving through the trees. I signaled for LG to be quiet and look. (As if she wasn’t already quiet. Sheesh.) Then I began to cow call as we rode up to the next bench. We were right in middle of a herd. I continued to call and signaled for LG to dismount. She stood at a nearby tree as I tied the horses in some thick pines.
When I turned around LG was waving. I knew she was eyeballing the cows so I discretely hurried to her side. We waited behind the tree as the cows meandered, mewed, circle and ate. They were all around us. LG said “I want to shoot that one.” She pointed at a large, healthy looking cow. We ducked down and crawled beside a large log.
LG got her rifle set, steadied and made her shot. 40 yards! Right in the goodies! Then the work began. Field dressing, quartering, packing and riding out. We were some happy gals!
By the way, that was the only shot we heard that day. Does it remind you of the “Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese” quote?

Me & LG on and elk hunt in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
Me & LG on and elk hunt in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

This year we are looking forward to more hunts of just as good and even better adventures. The adventures of Mia & LG! WHOOP! WHOOP!

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Mia & the Little Gal: On High Country elk hunting and ‘tag sandwiches’
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Mia and the Little Gal headed on horseback to the High Country of Colorado with a bull tag in hand for elk, and lots of optimism. They may have come home without their elk, but they brought memories to last a lifetime!

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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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