SANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 26 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours, after which any remaining licenses will be available to everyone. Only hunters who did not hold a 2016-2017 elk license are eligible. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers having at least six points on one side.
Hunters are advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, including user name and password, before the sale begins. The sale is online-only and hunts normally sell out seconds after becoming available.
Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 19-23, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 17-21, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 3-7, 50 licenses.
Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 81 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet. To review the regulations or purchase a hunt, visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
To be eligible to buy a license, hunters must previously have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts.
Hunters planning to purchase a license must have completed all mandatory 2015-2016 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases.
The department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs.