Hunters who need help applying online for New Mexico big-game hunting licenses before the March 28 application deadline can get it either on the telephone or by attending one of several computer-assisted sessions at various communities this weekend.
This year, the Department of Game and Fish eliminated paper application forms in favor of a paperless online system designed to streamline the application and licensing process and make drawing results and refunds available much sooner.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 28 for 2012-13 deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, ibex, oryx and javelina licenses. Hunters are encouraged to start the online application process early as the application program will shut down promptly at 5 p.m. March 28. Applications still in process at 5 p.m. will be rejected. The Department began accepting applications Jan. 4.
Hunters without computer access or who need assistance applying can call toll-free, (888) 248-6866 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Telephone application assistance will end at 4 p.m. March 28.
Applicants in some communities also can get free computer access and help from Department staff and representatives by attending one of the following sessions:
March 24 (all sessions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
March 25 (all sessions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
For more information about the online application process and other changes that will affect hunters this year, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us  or call (888) 248-6866.