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Hunting in New Mexico: 6 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 05:06 PM

New Mexico offers so many different species of animals to hunt, that the hunting seasons can be confusing. The hunting season for each animal in New Mexico differs 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, it is important for any hunter planning to hunt in New Mexico to keep in mind that 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 Game & Fish Hunting Guide. Here are six animals that you can hunt legally in New Mexico during the fall.

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  1. Elk - Elk are some of the most popular and largest animals to hunt in New Mexico. According to National Geographic, a bull moose's antlers might be over four feet high. There are many different elk hunting seasons to be aware of. With elk draw licenses, hunting with any legal sporting arm is only legal from mid October to late January. It is acceptable to hunt with a muzzleloader from mid-October to mid-December. Avid elk hunters can also receive a late-season archery permit that is valid from late November to late December. Archery only licenses only work during the month of September. Muzzleloader, crossbow, and archery hunts are permitted mid October to late January.
  2. Deer - All deer may be harvested from late October to late December with a legal sporting arm permit. Archery-only permits cover the entire months of September and November. Restricted muzzleloader only permits are valid late September through late October.
  3. Bear - The over-the-counter bear hunt permit for hunters using any legal sporting arm is valid from mid-August to late November. Archery-only over-the-counter bear hunts are from early September to Late September.
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  5. Barbary Sheep
 - For these large sheep, over-the-counter private land hunt permits are valid from the beginning of February to the end of February. Over-the-counter area hunts are used when a hunter wants to be able to hunt Barbary sheep all year long.
  6. Cougars
 - The statewide cougar hunting season is year round in New Mexico.
  7. Pronghorn Antelope
 - An antelope draw license for any legal sporting arms validates hunting Pronghorn antelope from mid-August to late October.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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