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Hunting in New Mexico: 7 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 05:33 PM

Hunting seasons in New Mexico differ widely. Each season is based on the location of the hunting spot, the age and disability status of the hunter, and the type of weapon that will be used to hunt with. Therefore, even if the hunting season is open for a certain animal in one part of New Mexico, that doesn't mean it is legal to hunt it in another section. Be sure to check on the exact dates in this year's official of Game & Fish Hunting Guide.

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The Western Regional Climate Center says that often 90 percent of the possible sunshine that could occur actually does appear during the spring months. This sunshine combined with a pleasant temperature makes springtime in New Mexico an ideal time to hunt. Here are seven animals in New Mexico to legally hunt during the spring.
  1. Barbary Sheep
 - During springtime, these huge sheep may be harvested by anyone with a legal sporting arm. Draw hunts for Barbary sheep are legal from late December to late March, and over-the-counter area hunts are open year round.
  2. Ibex
 - Hunters may harvest ibex from mid-December to late January using any legal sporting arm. Archery-only season starts in the beginning of October and ends in late January. Muzzleloader season is legal between early December and late December. With an over-the-counter license, hunting with any legal sporting arm is permitted year round.
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  4. Oryx
 - This native African game may be hunted during Off-White Sands Missile Range hunts from early June to late March.
  5. Wild Turkeys - 
Wild turkey open areas and bag limits for draw permit hunts run from mid-April to mid-May.
  6. Javelinas
 - These small pigs should not be confused with the larger and hairier feral hogs, which have tails. Javelinas are protected creatures in New Mexico, feral hogs are unprotected. Javelinas may be hunted with any legal sporting arm from late December to late March.
  7. Cougar - These big cats can be hunted all year. The Mountain Lion Foundation notes that New Mexico has several mountain lion control programs. These programs target specific areas of the state and kill the cougars there in an attempt to save other species in that area.
  8. Bears - All people with bear draw permits can hunt either between mid-April to mid-May or early August to late August.
  9. This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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