Hunting Seasons Open Across New Mexico

SANTA FE – Hunters will be taking to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Thursday, September 1st, the opening day of seasons for deer, elk and a variety of small-game species.

September seasons for deer and elk are for hunters using bows and arrows who were successful in the public-land license drawings or have authorization to hunt on private land. Most deer and elk seasons for hunters using muzzleloaders and high-powered rifles are scheduled in October and November.

Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels also opened Thursday in many areas of the state. Licenses for those species are available at Department of Game and Fish offices and vendors statewide.

The Department of Game and Fish urges all hunters to stress esomeprazole generic vs nexium safety while in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in camouflage. Hikers, bikers and others using the back country during hunting seasons are encouraged to wear bright clothing so they are easily visible to hunters.

More than 20,000 deer hunters and 32,000 elk hunters will be in the field from September through December this year. As many as 25,000 hunters are expected to try for small-game, upland and migratory birds and waterfowl.

For more information about New Mexico’s hunting opportunities and rules, please visit and look for the rules and information booklets at the bottom of the home page. If you prefer to speak with a Department representative, please call (505) 476-8000.

One Comment

  1. Comment by local resident:

    many of us locals just love the endless streams of “hunters” riding their atv’s  up and down the roads (day and night) all decked out in their camo.  we also love picking up the empty beer containers that these “sportsmen” drop on the roads.

    we seldom see these “hunters” actually enter the national forest. they much prefer to drive back and forth along our fences hoping for a shot at the deer and elk that eat and drink  in our yards and pastures.the words “private property” don’t seem to exist in their language.