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New Mexico Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to New Mexico hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

New Mexico Hunting Seasons

New Mexico Hunting Season Dates

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Arizona regulates its hunting seasons by region, and many of its hunts are by lottery permit only. For these reasons, it is important to visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for additional details before heading out to hunt. Season dates vary by zone, specifically for Rocky Mountain and Desert bighorn sheep.

New Mexico Deer Seasons

Archery/Bow: September 1, 2021 - September 24, 2021 and January 1, 2022 - January 15, 2022

Muzzleloader: September 27, 2021 - October 3, 2021

General Season: September 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

New Mexico Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season Archery/Bow Only: September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021
Fall General Season Firearms: November 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021

New Mexico Small Game Seasons

Quail: November 15, 2021 - February 15, 2022

Dusky Blue Grouse: September 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021

Eurasian Collared-Dove: April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Pheasant: December 9, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Squirrel: September 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021

New Mexico Hunting Zones

See the map below for a breakdown of NM's hunting zones:

New Mexico Bag Limits

Bag limits vary so you're going to want to consult the official site.

New Mexico Hunting License

If you would like, purchase a license at: https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/

LicenseResidentNonresident
Game hunting$15$65
Game hunting & fishing
license
$30N/A
Private land only deer
license- standard
$34$270
Turkey license$25$100
Bear License$47$260

Draw licenses authorize the hunter to hunt on any open public land within the specified unit or hunt area and on any private land in that unit (except Units 4 and 5A), with written permission from the landowner of the property.

Draw licenseResidentsNonresidents
Standard Elk
Antlelerss$60N/A
Mature Bull$90$548
Either Sex$90$548
Quality or High Demand Elk
License
Antlelerss$60N/A
Mature Bull$90$773
Either Sex$90$773
Deer License
Standard$41$283
Quality$41$368
High Demand HD$41$368
Pronghorn$60$283
Javelina$65$178

New Mexico Hunting Regulations

Helpful Resources

Official State Site: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us

FAQs
Can you hunt coyotes at night in New Mexico?

Nope, sorry, hunting coyotes at night is not allowed in NM.

When does hunting season start in New Mexico?

It depends what you're hunting, but the premium statewide deer hunt is from September 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022 in NM.

When is deer hunting season in New Mexico?

Deer season opens September 1, 2021 in NM.

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