Leftover Permits Available for Deer, Elk Hunts in New Mexico

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Almost 4,000 New Mexico public-land deer hunting permits and 55 elk permits left over from the 2006-2007 drawing will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 15 -- only on the Department of Game and Fish Web site.

The permits are for hunts in game management units where the number of permits exceeded the number of applicants. They will be available -- first-come, first-served -- for a $6 application fee. Applications will be accepted only on the Department's Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Deer hunt permits will be awarded as soon as the applicant's credit card is approved for the $6 application fee. Deer hunters then must purchase an over-the-counter deer license. Elk permits will be awarded when the applicant's credit card is approved for the license fee and the $6 application fee. All hunters also must buy a habitat stamp if hunting on federal lands, and a Habitat Management & Access Validation.

The leftover permits – most for archery hunts -- were allocated for different seasons and management units statewide. They are valid only on public lands, and for specified weapons, season dates and locations. These hunts, along with all the details, will be listed on the Department web site. Hunters who already purchased permits to hunt deer on private land can apply for the leftover public permits and have their private-land permit voided by returning it to a Department office. Only one permit -- public or private land -- will be allowed per hunter.

Applications for 3,997 leftover deer permits (54 hunts) and 55 elk permits (3 hunts) will be accepted until one week before a hunt begins so there will be time for hunters to receive their permits in the mail. Most of the leftover deer permits are for archery hunts. Leftover elk permits are for two youth-only hunts in northwestern New Mexico, and one archery hunt for cow elk in the southwest. Hunters are encouraged to go online and choose and reserve their permits as early as possible. 

Overall, 35,466 of the 57,441 hunters who applied for permits in New Mexico's drawing for public deer hunts were successful. The application deadline was April 8 and the drawing was conducted in late June. Hunters who were successful in the public drawing may not purchase another permit or license.

For more information, and to view and apply for the extra deer hunting permits, visit the Department of Game and Fish web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters can call (505) 476-8000 for information, but applications only will be accepted online.