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NM youth elk licenses still available

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

-- More than 1,200 of the youth-only elk licenses for the 2010 season are still available on New Mexico's Game and Fish website.

Youth Encouragement Hunt sales opened Aug. 4 for elk licenses reserved only for eligible youths younger than age 18. Sales close 10 days before the beginning of the hunts.

Youth hunters can view available licenses or purchase a license online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Log in or create an account, click on Online License System, and then select License Sales, Additional Opportunities, and Youth Encouragement Elk.

Approximately 1,200 elk licenses are available for any legal weapon and muzzleloaders.

All of the muzzleloader hunts are for elk of either sex. Most of the any legal sporting arm hunts are for cow elk. Hunt dates are scheduled to correspond with school holidays. A complete list of available hunts, including dates and unit numbers, is available on the Online License System.

Eligibility is for only hunters younger than 18 who applied and were unsuccessful in the regular drawing for any big-game species. Also eligible are those whose applications were not rejected for reasons such as lack of funds, incorrect forms or failure to file a harvest report are eligible to purchase a youth encouragement license.

Youths also must have successfully completed an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a license.

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