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2017-2018 New Mexico Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for New Mexico, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide. Seasons given are based on the earliest opening date and the latest closing date found, and may include youth-only or disabled-only hunt dates. Dates vary widely by hunt area. For more information, review the full 2017-2018 New Mexico Hunting Regulations (PDF).

Deer

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms Deer Draw Sept. 1 Jan. 31
Archery Only Deer Draw Sept. 1 Feb. 5
Muzzleloader Deer Draw Sept. 27 Jan. 1
Restricted Muzzleloader Only Deer Draw Sept. 27 Oct. 25

Elk

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms Ranch Only Oct. 1 Jan. 31
Archery Only Ranch Only Sept. 1 Sept. 24
Muzzleloader, Crossbow and Archery Ranch Only Oct. 7 Jan. 31
Any Legal Sporting Arm Elk Draw Sept. 1 Sept. 24
Archery Only Elk Draw Sept. 1 Sept. 24
Muzzleloader Elk Draw Oct. 7 Dec. 13

Pronghorn Antelope

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms Private Land Hunt Aug. 26 Dec. 31
Archery Only Private Land Hunts Aug. 12 Aug. 27
Muzzleloader, Crossbows and Bows Private Land Hunts Aug. 19 Oct. 24
Any Legal Sporting Arm Antelope Draw Aug. 5 Dec. 15
Archery Only Antelope Draw Aug. 12 Aug. 27
Muzzleloader, Crossbows and Bow Antelope Draw Aug. 12 Oct. 24

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Aug. 4 Jan. 31

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ewe

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Sep. 4 Sep. 24

Desert Bighorn Ram

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Aug. 18 Jan. 3

Ibex

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Nov. 15 Mar. 1
Archery Only   Oct. 1 Oct. 15
Archery Only   Jan. 15 Jan. 29
Muzzleloader   Dec. 6 Dec. 20
Any Legal Sporting Arm Over-the-Counter Apr. 1 Mar. 31

Barbary Sheep

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Dec. 30 Mar. 31

Oryx

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Sep. 1 Feb. 18
Any Legal Sporting Arm Broken-Horn Oryx Oct. 13 Feb. 18
Any Legal Sporting Arm Returning Iraq/Afghanistan Vets Oct. 13 Feb. 18
Any Legal Sporting Arm Off-WSMR Hunts June 1 Mar. 31
Any Legal Sporting Arm McGregor Range Hunts Dec. 2 Dec. 3
Any Legal Sporting Arm McGregor Range Hunts Jan. 13 Jan. 14

Turkey

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Apr. 8 May 10

Javelina

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Dec. 30 Mar. 31
Archery Only   Jan. 1 Jan. 31

Bear

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms Over-the-Counter Aug. 16 Aug. 31
Any Legal Sporting Arms Over-the-Counter Sept. 25 Nov. 15
Archery Only Over-the-Counter Sept. 1 Sept. 24
Any Legal Sporting Arms Bear Draw Apr. 15 Aug. 31

Badger, Weasel, Fox, Ringtail and Bobcat

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Nov. 1 Mar. 15

Beaver, Muskrat and Nutria

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Apr. 1 Apr. 30
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Nov. 1 Mar. 31

Raccoon

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Apr. 1 May 15
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Sept. 1 Mar. 31

Quail

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Nov. 15 Feb. 15

Dusky (Blue) Grouse

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Sept. 1 Nov. 30

Eurasian Collard-Dove

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Apr. 1 Mar. 31

Squirrel

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms   Sept. 1 Nov. 30

Pheasant

Weapon Type Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Any Legal Sporting Arms Over-the-Counter, Excluding Valencia County Dec. 7 Dec. 10
Any Legal Sporting Arms Over-the-Counter, Private Land in Valencia County Dec. 9 Dec. 9

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