Deadline is April 8th to apply for big-game licenses, permits

Wednesday, April 8, is the deadline for hunters to apply for
2009-2010 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, Barbary sheep and
bighorn sheep hunting opportunities allotted by draw in New
Mexico.

Online applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Paper
applications must be postmarked by April 8 or delivered to the
Department office in Santa Fe by 5 p.m. April 8.

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.

Applicants are reminded that everyone 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.

The Department is expecting to receive more than 150,000
applications for about 50,000 available licenses and permits.

All applicants who were licensed to hunt deer or elk, or to hunt
or trap furbearers in the 2008-2009 seasons must have submitted a
harvest report to be eligible for the upcoming drawing. Hunters and
trappers who did not report by the deadlines — Feb. 15 for deer and
elk hunters, April 7 for furbearer hunters and trappers — can still
participate in the 2009-2010 drawings if they submit their harvest
survey and pay an $8 late fee before applying. Hunters who fail to
report their 2008-2009 harvest results — successful or not — will
have their 2009-2010 applications rejected. Harvest reports can be
submitted online at www.newmexico-hunt.com or by
calling toll-free (888) 248-6866.

The drawing will take place in June, and results will be
available in late June on the Department Web site or in person at
any Department office.

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