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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, AUG. 27 2013:

APPLICATIONS OPEN WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, FOR SPECIAL BIRD-HUNTING PERMITS

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will begin accepting online applications at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, for special-permit pheasant, sandhill crane and youth waterfowl hunting opportunities. All applications for these special permits must be submitted before the 5 p.m. Oct. 2 deadline.

A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us by clicking on the 2013 Small Game Update link at the bottom-right of the home page.
All applications must be made through the Department’s online licensing and application system. Applicants previously must have created an online account. Here’s how to apply:

  • Online: Applicants can access or create accounts via the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. From their account, applicants will be prompted through permit and application choices.
  • By phone: Hunters without computer access or who need help applying can call toll-free, (888) 248-6866 and a Department representative will submit an application for them. The information center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The center will close at 4:30 p.m. on deadline day, Oct. 2, to allow customers to complete applications before the 5 p.m. deadline.

More opportunities for youth hunters: This year, the Department’s new Mentored Youth Hunter Program offers first-time hunters younger than age 18 opportunities to apply for and purchase licenses before they complete a full hunter safety course. Hunters in the program must complete an online quiz and be accompanied in the field by a licensed adult. Please check the Hunter Education Page on the Department website for more information.

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