New Mexico Late Season Archery Hunts Available

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Bow hunters who did not draw a license or permit for deer and elk hunts this season will have another chance beginning Oct. 17, when the Department of Game and Fish will make 405 late-season archery elk licenses and 349 deer permits available online and over-the-counter at Department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces.

Licenses for November and December archery elk hunts in Big Game Management Units 12, 34, 37, 43 and 50; and January archery deer permits for Units 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 40 will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 17. The Department is encouraging hunters to save time, gas and to avoid long lines by using the online application system at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. The online system should be faster, improving hunters' chances of securing preferred permits. Applications are limited to one person per form. To keep lines moving, each walk-in applicant will be allowed to submit no more than two individual applications at once. Walk-in applicants will use Form 2006.

The special late-season elk archery hunts are designed to provide additional elk hunting opportunities without severely impacting the state's elk herds. Hunter success for elk is expected to be low because the hunts are for archery only, late in the season, with a bag limit of one mature bull elk with six or more points on at least one antler.

Elk license fees are $89 for residents, $541 for nonresidents. Deer license fees are $39 for residents, $355 for non-residents. Elk license fees will be charged at the time of successful application; deer licenses must be purchased from a vendor or at a Department office after a permit is issued. Only hunters who do not already hold deer permits or elk licenses for hunts this season are eligible for the late-season hunts. It is illegal for any hunter to hold more than one elk license or deer permit in the same license year.

Details of the late-season archery hunts:

Elk:

  • Unit 12: Nov. 25-29, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 34: Dec. 9-13, 300 licenses.
  • Unit 37: Dec. 9-13, 40 licenses.
  • Unit 43: Nov. 11-15, 10 licenses.
  • Unit 50: Nov. 11-15, 30 licenses.

Deer:

  • Unit 29: Jan. 1-15, 137 permits.
  • Unit 30: Jan. 1-15, 56 permits.
  • Unit 31: Jan. 1-15, 16 permits.
  • Unit 32: Jan. 1-15, 38 permits.
  • Unit 33: Jan. 1-15, 85 permits.
  • Unit 40: Jan. 1-15, 17 permits.

For more information, visit the Department Web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or call (505) 476-8000.