NM: Going Paperless

New rules, license fees and application methods will require
New

Mexico hunters to do some homework before planning their
hunts

for the 2012-13 seasons. Dramatic changes adopted by the
State

Legislature or approved by the State Game Commission will affect
the

application process, season dates and how many licenses are
reserved

for state residents.

The changes were designed to streamline the application and
licensing

process, provide more hunting opportunities for state residents,
and to

make drawing results and refunds available much sooner.

Going paperless

Say goodbye to paper application forms. Beginning

next year, applications for all licenses will be made

through the Department’s online application system

at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Hunters who have applied for licenses the past three

seasons already are familiar with the system, as they

have been required to obtain a Customer ID Number

online before applying. Going paperless will simply

extend that process. Since the Department first began

offering online applications in 2005, the number of online

applicants has increased from 54 percent to 82 percent.

Having all applications online will eliminate timeconsuming

sorting and counting, further increasing

accuracy and speeding up the process considerably.

Hunters will know their draw results one month after

the deadline, instead of having to wait three months

under the old system. Unsuccessful applicants also

will receive their refunds much sooner.

License and application fees will be charged at the

time of application. Applicants can pay by credit card

or electronic check, a new convenience beginning

next year. Once an application is complete, it can not

be changed, only deleted. Applicants can reapply, and

will receive a refund for the deleted application after

the draw.

First, get your Game-hunting License

New legislation requires everyone who hunts or

applies for a license in New Mexico to purchase

a Game-hunting License or a combination Gamehunting

and Fishing License. The licenses are good

for hunting upland game and waterfowl, and will

serve as the foundation that allows hunters to apply

for public-land deer, elk and other special drawing

licenses. They also will be required before purchasing

any over-the-counter big-game or turkey license.

Hunters who are unsuccessful in the drawings are

encouraged to keep the Game-hunting or Gamehunting

and Fishing License and use them throughout

the license year, April 1-March 31. If requested,

refunds will be available for hunters who purchase a

Game Hunting License. Game Hunting and Fishing

licenses will not be refundable.

Game-hunting ($15 for residents, $65 for

nonresidents) and Game-hunting and Fishing licenses

($30, residents only) will be available online or over

the counter from license vendors statewide. Senior

and junior hunters, handicapped and some military

may be eligible for discounted licenses.

Help available

Hunters who need help applying for 2012-13

licenses online can get it from a real person over the

telephone or at one of several locations with public

computers staffed by Department of Game and Fish

representatives.

Paper application forms no longer will be accepted

beginning next season, requiring all hunters to apply

online by using a Customer Identification Number at

www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Assistance will be available from noon to 8 p.m. MST

Feb. 2, 2012, through March 20, 2012, by calling

toll-free, (888) 248-6866. The Department also plans

to arrange for computer access in public locations

statewide for hunters who need access to computers.

Look for more information and updates on the

Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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