ATTENTION HUNTERS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, IS APPLICATION DEADLINE
FOR DEER, ELK, ANTELOPE, BIGHORN SHEEP, IBEX AND JAVELINA HUNTS
SANTA FE -- Wednesday, April 9, is the deadline for hunters to apply for 2008-2009 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina and bighorn sheep hunting opportunities allotted by draw in New Mexico.
Online applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Paper applications must be postmarked by April 9 or delivered to the Department office in Santa Fe by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Department is expecting to receive more than 150,000 applications for about 50,000 available licenses and permits. About half of all the applications will come in this week, and about 80 percent will be online through the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us . Licenses, permits, stamps and validations that are sold over-the-counter at license vendors and Department offices also are available on the Department website.
All applicants who were licensed to hunt deer or elk, or to hunt or trap furbearers in the 2007-2008 seasons must have completed a harvest report to be eligible for the upcoming drawing. Hunters and trappers who did not report by the deadlines -- Feb. 15 for deer and elk hunters, March 31 for furbearer hunters and trappers -- can still participate in the 2007-2008 drawings if they complete their harvest survey and pay an $8 late fee before applying. Hunters who fail to report their 2007-2008 harvest results -- successful or not -- will have their 2008-2009 applications rejected. Harvest reports can be submitted online at www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll-free (888) 248-6866.
The drawing will take place in June, and results will be available in late June on the Department website or in person at any Department office.