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Apply now for New Mexico sandhill crane and pheasant draw permits

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits starting 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15.

Applications can be made online through your account or over the telephone with the Department’s information center, 1-888-248-6866. The application deadline for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Pheasant hunts that will be included in the draw include:

Hunt Area
Hunt Code
Season Dates
Number of Permits

Bernardo Youth Only
PHE-0-001
Oct. 17
20

W.S. Huey Youth Only
PHE-0-002
Dec. 5
40

W.S. Huey (open to all applicants)
PHE-0-005
Dec. 12
40

Sandhill crane hunts that will be included in the draw include: ­

Hunt Area
Hunt Code
Season Dates
Number of Permits

Estancia Valley Hunt
SCR-0-101
Oct. 24 – 27, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1
65

Middle Rio Grande Valley (MRGV)
SCR-0-102
Nov. 7-8
60

SCR-0-103
Nov. 28-29
50

SCR-0-104
Dec. 5-6
55

SCR-0-105
Jan. 2-3, 2021
55

SCR-0-106
Jan. 9-10, 2021
50

MRGV Youth Only
SCR-0-107
Nov.21
24

Southwestern
SCR-0-108
Oct. 24 – Nov. 1
70

SCR-0-109
Jan. 2 – 3, 2021
60

Successful applicants must have a Game Hunting license and applicable stamp(s) in addition to their draw permit. Successful sandhill crane applicants also must have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number.

The 2020-2021 Upland Game Hunting Rules and Information Booklet will be online at the end of July. The 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Rules and Information Booklet will be online in mid-August. These publications will only be published on the Department’s website for the 2020-2021 hunting season.