New Mexico 2019-2020 draw hunt application opens today

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish began accepting applications for 2019-2020 big-game and turkey licenses and permits at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.16, online and over the telephone.

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2019-2020 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now at and available in print soon at license vendors and department offices. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines and other information before applying for licenses or going afield.

The application deadline for bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Feb. 13. The application deadline for big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 20. Hunters need to file all mandatory harvest reports from last season’s hunts to be eligible for this year’s draw. See the Hunting Rules and Information booklet for reporting deadlines.

Application assistance also is available at the department Information Center, toll-free (888) 248-6866. The center is open year-round, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (except holidays) to answer your questions and assist with license issues and harvest reporting. Extended hours are March 11–March 15, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. and March 18 – March 19 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Information Center will close at 4:30 p.m. March 20.