From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
-- Hunters have until 5 p.m. March 28, to submit applications for New Mexico 2011-2012 big game hunting licenses. The deadline is earlier this year to allow hunters to take advantage of discounts available when they buy combination hunting and fishing licenses.
The Department of Game and Fish is expecting more than 130,000 applications for about 62,500 licenses for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, ibex and javelina. The deadline to apply through the online licensing system at www.wildlife.state.nm.us is 5 p.m. MDT March 28. Paper applications must be postmarked on or before March 28, or delivered to the Santa Fe office by 5 p.m. March 28.
The license year begins April 1.
Online applicants are encouraged to apply early to avoid missing the deadline because of forgotten passwords or other computer-related issues at the last minute. Late applications will not be accepted.
Those applying for a public land license or permit, or purchasing a license via a private land authorization or the Valles Caldera must first obtain a free Customer ID Number online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or in person from any Department office. This number must be included on each application, paper or online, or the application will be rejected.
Hunters who held deer or elk licenses for the 2010-2011 season must have reported their harvest results before applying. Hunters who fail to report their 2010-2011 harvest results, successful or not, will have their 2011-2012 applications rejected. Harvest reports can be submitted online at www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll free (888) 248-6866.
An $8 late fee will be charged to hunters who missed the Feb. 15 reporting deadline.
Furbearer hunters and trappers must report their 2010-2011 harvest results by April 7 or their applications for 2011-2012 big-game licenses will be rejected.
For more information consult the 2011-2012 Big Game & Trapper Rules and Information Booklet available at all license vendors, Department offices, and online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Information also is available by calling (505) 476-8000.