New Mexico Late Season Cow Elk Tags on Sale Today

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A total of 369 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, to hunters who did not draw a license this season.

Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the Department of Game and Fish website, . Hunters are encouraged to visit the website before the sale date to review hunts available and to create an online account if they have not already done so.

The licenses are for antlerless elk in various game management units statewide. The hunts will include 100 licenses for muzzleloaders only, and 269 licenses for any legal sporting arm.

The special late-season cow elk hunts are designed to provide additional elk hunting opportunities without severely impacting the state's elk herds. License fees are $59 for state residents, $331 for nonresidents. License fees will be charged at the time of successful online application. The Valles Caldera National Preserve charges a $300 access fee. Only hunters who did not hold 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 in the same license year.

To be eligible for the late-season hunts, applicants must have submitted a mandatory harvest report for 2006-2007 if they held deer or elk licenses or permits for that season. Those who did not submit harvest reports can still do so for an $8 late fee by visiting a Department office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces, or by calling (505) 476-8038.