New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 23, 2008:

DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR HUNT APPLICATIONS, MANDATORY HARVEST REPORTS

Hunters have until Wednesday, Feb. 6, to mail or submit online applications for 2008-2009 oryx licenses, bear Wildlife Management Area permits, population reduction hunts and special spring turkey permits. To be eligible for the drawing, hunters who held deer permits or elk licenses for the 2007-2008 season must have reported their harvest results before applying.
 
Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 6 or received via the Department of Game and Fish website by 5 p.m. MST Feb. 6. Hunters are encouraged to use the website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, as the most convenient way to apply. Written applications and 2008-2009 Rules and Information Booklets are available at license vendors statewide and at Department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces.

All deer and elk hunters must file their harvest reports by Feb. 15 annually, unless they are applying for oryx, special-entry bear, population reduction, or special-entry turkey hunts, in which case they must file their harvest reports before applying. Hunters who miss the reporting deadline may still report and be eligible for drawings if they report before the drawing deadline and pay a late fee.
 
Furbearer hunters and trappers must report harvest information by March 31, and do not have to report to be eligible for the Feb. 6 drawings.

Failure to report will result in all applications for public drawing hunts, landowner authorizations and applications for species other than deer or elk, being rejected for the following season. Reporting takes only minutes, either by visiting www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll-free, (888) 248-6866.

For more information and complete details about mandatory harvest reporting or the special hunt drawings, please click here, visit the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us , or call the Wildlife Management Division at 505-476-8038.

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