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300 late season archery elk licenses available Nov. 2 online

From New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

-- On sale Nov. 2 beginning at 10 a.m., on a first come, first served basis, 300 late-season archery elk hunting licenses will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Only hunters who did not hold a 2011-2012 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses, which will be available only on the Department website.

The Department strongly advises hunters to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, user name and password before the sales begin. The sale is first-come, first-served and popular hunts sell out quickly. Available late-season elk licenses include:

Archery hunts, trophy bull elk APRE/6 (six-point antlers or more on one side): Unit 12 -- Nov. 19 to 23, 25 licenses; Unit 34 -- Dec. 17 to 21, 200 licenses; Unit 37 -- Dec. 3 to 7, 100 licenses.

The Department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists continue to assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs. Because these assessments require information gathered during fall aerial surveys and regular fall hunts, the licenses are made available via an online, first-come, first-served sale.

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