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Last Updated: 10/30/2014

NMDGF Education Programs

Hunter Education



Hunter Education provides an educational opportunity that enables students to safely participate in a hunting or shooting sport.  Hunter education and its corps of volunteer instructors strive to produce safe, ethical and responsible students who will be tomorrow’s hunters and shooters. Learn more.

Hunter Education Training Course is required for any person under the age of 18 to purchase or apply for any type of firearm hunting license.


Become a hunter education instructor: The Department of Game and Fish is always recruiting new hunter education instructors. Click here to find out how to join our team.


Shooting Program

The Shooting Program introduces individuals to shooting sports while providing basic safety training, shooting techniques, and encouraging trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, caring and citizenship in prospective shooters and hunters.

Forms for the Responsible Hunter Program are due November 17th. Contact the Shooting Program Coordinator for forms.

Funding Opportunities

Application Coverletter

Funding Request Shooting Range Improvement
Local Sportsmen's Group Event Application


Jessica Fisher
Shooting Program Coordinator
(505) 476-8100


Archery in Schools

The National Archery in Schools Program introduces students to competitive archery at school and bowhunting through summer programs. It also provides safety training, shooting techniques, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, citizenship and caring in prospective shooters and hunters. Learn more.

OHV Safety Training


OHV safety


The NMDGF OHV Program provides for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic, and resource values while ensuring public safety.

New Mexico state law requires anyone under 18 to obtain a safety permit before operating an OHV on public lands. Safety permits can be obtained by participating in hands-on OHV safety training and online training as approved by the Department of Game and Fish. Find out more about training options at

Aquatic Resources Education

fly fishing class

The Department promotes New Mexico's aquatic environments with Aquatic Resources Education through angler education for schools and communities, watershed education, and fisheries monitoring for New Mexico high school students. Learn more.


Conservation Education

The NMDGF Conservation Education Program provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fish and wildlife conservation education program to assist students of any age in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to stewardship of New Mexico’s wildlife and wildlife habitats.

NEW! Wildlife Curriculum for New Mexico

The Conservation Education team is finishing a New Mexico Wildlife Education curriculum for upper elementary through middle school grade levels, correlated to Common Core State Standards, current NM Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Learn more.



Advanced Wildlife Field Investigations
Future workshops are being planned at this time. Contact us for details. Learn more.


Wildlife Conservation in New Mexico
Classroom presentations featuring New Mexico wildlife and wildlife conservation is available statewide. Presentations by staff include hands-on discovery critter boxes with wildlife skins, skulls and more. Learn more.

Educational Materials

The Department offers numerous educational opportunities, including detailed Species Information, Wildlife Trunks for teachers and a variety of Wildlife Posters.

Learn more.


Education and Safety


Safety is, first and foremost, the goal of all New Mexico Department of Game and Fish education programs. Whether you want to become a hunter, angler, or off-highway vehicle rider, our classes stress safety. The most important lessons our National Archery in the Schools Program students learn are how to safely use archery equipment. Conservation Education stresses safety, whether you live in bear and cougar habitat or just visit those of us who do. The Department of Game and Fish wants everyone to enjoy New Mexico’s numerous outdoor recreation opportunities, and we ask that you do it safely.