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New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations

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Last Updated: 09/15/2014

Our Mission: To conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the state of New Mexico using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety; and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic, and resource values while ensuring public safety.

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NEW Free Fishing Events

No Fishing License required Sept. 27, 2014.
All other fishing rules and regulations apply. Click Here for convenient locations. (PDF)

Friday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fenton Lake State Park, Jemez Mountains.
Click Here to download PDF flyer.

NEW Migratory Bird Rules

Visit our Hunting page to download
PDF and additional maps.



The online application for sandhill crane, pheasant and Bernardo youth waterfowl draw hunts is now available.
The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Oct. 1.
Youth Encouragement elk, and leftover deer and javelina licenses are still available

Review & Comment:
Hunting rule development proposals for 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 hunting seasons.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Help keep New Mexico's lakes free of invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels.

Get the Bear Facts

If you really care... don't feed bears! Help keep
New Mexico's black bears alive while protecting yourself and your property.

NMDGF 2013-18 Strategic Plan

Click here to download.


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Sept 9: Bighorn hunters will have more options, opportunities in 2015

Sept 8: Game and Fish partners with BLM to provide mobile big-game hunting unit maps

Sept 2: Hunting seasons open for doves, grouse, squirrels, band-tailed pigeons; pellet guns approved for collared doves, grouse, squirrels

Aug 22: Bear and cub captured near downtown Santa Fe

Aug 8: Mimbres River Ranch purchase benefits wildlife, habitat

Aug 7: New bighorn sheep herd to be established in Santa Fe National Forest

Aug 6: Learn more about the Responsible Hunter Program

Aug 1: Fish for big cats at Villanueva State Park

July 28: Expect roadblocks statewide during fall hunting seasons

July 25: Plague activity continues in the East Mountain Grant area

July 16: Hunting licenses still available for elk, deer and javelina

July 10: Off-highway Vehicle Program announces grant awards for 2014

July 10: Department of game and fish officers busy over holiday

July 9: Mule deer poached near Carrizozo: reward offered

July 3: Catch outdoor rewards this Independence Day

July 1: Aerial survey shows lesser prairie-chicken population increased 20% in 2014

June 26: More than 2,000 youth elk licenses for sale beginning July 9

June 23: Fishing bag limits, tackle restrictions lifted on Santa Fe river

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More Rules and Information Guides


2014 big-game rib cover

2014-2015 Hunting


Fishing Rules & Information Book for 2014-2015 from New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

2014-2015 Fishing


  Request for Proposal:
Endangered Species Legal Service


Reel in tagged fish up to $200 each.

See our press release for more on rules and contact information.

Purchase a fishing license online.
hunter education



Latest edition New Mexico Wildlife, Summer 2014 available now on our Publications page.