SANTA FE — Almost 1,500 New Mexico public-land deer permits and 54 elk licenses leftover from the 2008-2009 drawing will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 — only on the Department of Game and Fish website.
The deer permits are for hunts in game management units where the number of permits or licenses exceeded the number of applicants. They will be available — first-come, first-served — for an $8 application fee. Applications will be accepted only on the Department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
Deer hunt permits will be issued as soon as the applicant’s credit card is approved for the $8 application fee. Deer hunters then must purchase an over-the-counter deer license. Elk licenses will be issued when the applicant’s credit card is approved for the license fee and the application fee. All hunters also must have a Habitat Management & Access Validation, and, if hunting on federal lands, a Habitat Stamp.
All leftover deer permits are for archery-only or muzzleloader-archery hunts. Leftover elk licenses are composed of 38 archery hunts and 16 any-legal-weapon youth hunts. A preliminary list of available permits and licenses will be listed on the Department website.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the website before the Aug. 11 sale and establish or verify a user account and the associated user name and password. An account will be necessary to apply for the leftover permits and licenses. Establishing or verifying an account in advance will make the application process faster and more efficient, improving applicants’ chances. Applications for leftover permits and licenses will be accepted until 10 days before a hunt begins to allow time for hunters to receive their permits in the mail.
Overall, 32,717 of the 66,750 hunters who applied for permits in New Mexico’s drawing for 2008-2009 public-land deer hunts were successful. In the drawing for elk licenses, 20,199 of 68,991 applicants were successful. The application deadline was April 9 and the drawing was conducted in late June. Hunters who were successful in the public drawing may not purchase another permit or license for that species.
For more information, and to view and apply for the extra deer and elk hunting opportunities, please visit the Department of Game and Fish web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters can call (505) 476-8087 for information, but only online applications will be accepted.