New Mexico Offers Leftover Elk Tags

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Hunters who did not draw an elk license this season have another chance, the Department of Game and Fish are now offering 290 late-season archery elk licenses available online at

Licenses for November and December archery elk hunts in Game Management Units 12, 34, 37 and 50 were made available -- online only -- on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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 $91 for residents, $543 for nonresidents. License fees will be charged at the time of successful online application. Only hunters who do not already 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 or deer permit in the same license year.

To be eligible for the late-season hunts, applicants must have submitted a mandatory harvest report for 2007-2008 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.

Details of the late-season archery elk hunts:

  • * Unit 12: Nov. 22-26, 25 licenses.
  • * Unit 34: Dec. 6-10, 200 licenses.
  • * Unit 37: Dec. 6-10, 50 licenses.
  • * Unit 50: Nov. 8-12, 15 licenses.

For more information, visit the Department Web site at or call (505) 476-8000.