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2018?2019

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

2018?2019 New Mexico

HUNTING

RULES & INFO

Rules and Information for Upland and Big Game

wildlife.state.nm.us

Conserving New Mexico's Wildlife for Future Generations

A Message from the Director Here at the Department of Game and Fish, we constantly are reminded of the many ways our license-buyers contribute to wildlife conservation through the purchase of licenses, habitat fees and federal taxes paid on sporting equipment. And we like to brag about the programs and projects that we couldn't have accomplished without the support of hunters and anglers.

Each year, more than 87,000 hunters and 160,000 anglers spend approximately $613 million pursuing their activities in New Mexico. Their license fees helped pay for ongoing projects such as the desert bighorn sheep restoration program, which saw sheep populations grow from 69 in 1980 to approximately 1,150 today. It also paid for the restoration of nearly 132 miles of streams, 10 lakes and one reservoir for our state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout. With your support, the department modernized its radio communications for game wardens across the state to provide enhanced connectivity for those that protect your wildlife.

New Mexico's diverse landscape has also benefited through large, landscape-scaled wildlife habitat and watershed improvement efforts throughout the state. By matching hunter and angler contributions with federal Pittman-Robertson funds, thousands of acres of forests and countless miles of rivers have been restored to prime fish and wildlife habitat, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire and protecting our valuable riparian areas.

Big-game hunting in New Mexico is regarded as some of the best in the nation. Our elk herds are robust, our bighorns are plentiful and huge, and our deer populations are on the rebound.

Here at the Department of Game and Fish, we plan to keep it that way ? with your continuing and deeply appreciated support.

Alexandra Sandoval, Director -- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Contents

2018?2019

Department Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 What's New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Important Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4?5 License Requirements and Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6?7 Draw Hunt Licenses and Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8?9 License Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10?15 General Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16?19 Big-game Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20?23 Fair Chase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Operation Game Thief: 1-800-432-4263. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hunter Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Mentored-Youth Hunter Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Legal Shooting Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28?29 Open Gate Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Federal Lands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31?33 Native American Lands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 New Mexico State Lands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35?37 Private Lands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Criminal Trespass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Off-road Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Outfitted Hunts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Population Management Hunts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Enhancement Hunts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43?44

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Contents

Premium Statewide Deer and Elk Hunts . . . . . . . . . 44, 49, 72 Deer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45?63 Game Management Unit Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Elk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66?85 Youth Encouragement Hunts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86?87 Pronghorn Antelope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88?94 Bighorn Sheep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95?98 Ibex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99?101 Barbary Sheep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102?103 Oryx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104?109 Turkey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110?112 Javelina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Bear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114?118 Cougar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119?122 Rabies Information for Trappers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Furbearers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124?128 Mexican Gray Wolf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129?130 Upland Game. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131?135 Rabbits and Other Nongame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Collared Dove, Quail, Grouse and Squirrel. . . . . . . . . . . 132 Pheasant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Donation Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Glossary of Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137?140 Off-Highway Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Become a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . 142 Pocket Ranger ?, new mobile app. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

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Mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

To conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety--and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.

New Mexico State Game Commissioners

P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504

Paul M. Kienzle III, Chairman Bill Montoya, Vice Chairman Craig Peterson Ralph Ramos Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan Robert Ricklefs Dick Salopek

Albuquerque Alto Farmington Las Cruces Roswell Cimarron Las Cruces

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-888-248-6866

Alexandra Sandoval, Director Donald Jaramillo, Deputy Director Chris Chadwick, Assistant Director James Comins, Assistant Director Robert Griego, Colonel ? Field Operations

Regional Offices

Northwest Office: 3841 Midway Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 . . . . . (505) 222-4700 Southwest Office: 2715 Northrise Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011 . . . . . . . .(575) 532-2100 Northeast Office: 215 York Canyon Road, Raton, NM 87740 . . . . . . . . .(575) 445-2311

P.O. Box 1145, Raton N.M. 87740

Southeast Office: 1912 W. Second Street, Roswell, NM 88201 . . . . . . . . .(575) 624-6135

Online Licenses, Applications and Harvest Reporting

License Sales, Applications and Harvest Reporting . . .

Important Telephone Numbers

General Information, License Sales and Harvest Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-248-6866 Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-950-5466 Hunter Education Program Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(505) 222-4731 Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(505) 222-4712 Operation Game Thief (OGT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-432-4263 24-hour Depredation Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-727-4883

TDD (number for hearing impaired) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (505) 476-8143

"New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information 2018?19" is published by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Information and Education Division, One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507 ? 2018. Cover photo by Craig Sanchez.

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