Incentive Elk License Sale Begins July 13

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public Contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media Contact, Ryan Darr: (505) 476-8027
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Incentive Elk License Sale Begins July 13

SANTA FE – New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2022-2023 Big Game Draw are eligible to purchase one of approximately 1,900 antlerless elk licenses. Licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game’s online licensing system at 10 a.m. MDT, July 13 for younger residents and expanded to include senior residents at 10 a.m. MDT, July 13. July 27.

The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful young and senior draw candidates and includes nearly 1,500 licenses for any legal sporting weapon and 390 licenses for muzzleloading, crossbow or bow.

Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to young residents who have successfully applied during the current license year for one or more draw hunts of deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, oryx or ibex and failed to draw a license for any hunt. Please note that purchasing a remaining draw hunt counts as a successful draw request in this case. Eligible candidates:
    • Must have a valid hunter education certification.
    • Must be 17 years of age or younger on the opening day of their hunt.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. MDT on July 27, the sale will expand to also include all resident seniors, age 65 or older, who have successfully applied in the current permit year for one or more deer, elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep hunts. , Barbary sheep, oryx or ibex and has not obtained any hunting license.
  • Non-residents and young and/or senior candidates who have been successful for another species are not eligible for these hunts.
  • All purchases will be audited to verify customer eligibility.

Hunters considering purchasing an incentive license must have met all mandatory 2021-2022 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected during post-sale verification. License fees, but not application fees, will be refunded for declined purchases. Once eligibility has been verified – usually within a few days – the license will be available in the E-Tag app or from any computer by logging into your account and selecting “My Purchases” from the main menu.

Upon successful purchase of an incentive license, the license/tag will be mailed to the hunter, unless the e-tag option is selected. Complete information on tagging requirements is available on the Department’s website and in the Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

For more information on the cheering elk sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for assistance logging in, please call the Information Center at (888) 248-6866 or email us an email to [email protected]

Incentive licenses will not be sold over the phone. For the list of available hunts, please consult pages 81 and 82 of the 2022-2023 Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available online.


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