New Mexico Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the New MexicoHunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for New Mexico Hunting Seasons?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

New Mexico Hunting Seasons Dates

New Mexico Hunting Seasons provides a very wide range of game during the hunting season. Some of the species hunters have opportunities to hunt during hunting season include the following:-

Barbary sheep, Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Cougar, Oryx, Ibex, Javelina, Deer, Elk, Hogs, Turkey and a wide range of small game and game bird hunting exists.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

New Mexico Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Deer General FirearmsSept 1-Dec 1
Deer MuzzleloaderSept 27-Oct 3
Deer BowSept 1-24 & Jan 15 (2022)
Deer Firearms (Youth)Nov 23-Dec 1
Deer Bow (Youth)Sept 1-24 & Jan 1-15 (2022)
Elk FirearmsOct 12-Jan 31
Elk MuzzleloaderOct 5 – Dec 18
Elk BowSept 1 -Sept 24

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New Mexico Turkey Hunting Season

New Mexico offers three Turkey species. Merriam’s, Rio Grande and Goulds. Great news for hunters chasing the Turkey Grand Slam.

The New Mexico Department of Game and fish makes the following comments about the State’s Turkey hunting opportunities.

“The wild turkey is the largest game bird in the United States. Though wild turkey populations decreased with overhunting in the late 1800s, translocation of birds has helped to re-establish turkeys throughout much of their native range. Transplants have occurred in New Mexico since 1939 to reintroduce turkeys to their native historic range, and to improve genetics in isolated population areas.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
FirearmsApr 15-May 10 & Nov 1-30
BowSept 1-30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New Mexico Small Game Hunting Season

The New Mexico Department of Game and fish makes the following comments about hog hunting. ​

“Feral hogs damage habitat, contaminate water and compete with native wildlife. Because of the negative impact this non-native intruder causes, anyone may hunt feral hogs year-round without a license.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
HogsOpen all Year
JavelinaJan 1 – Mar 1 & Mar 30 -May 5
SquirrelSept 1-Nov 30
CoyoteOpen All Year
FoxNov 1 – Mar 15
BobcatNov 1 – Mar 15
RaccoonApr 1-May 15 & Sept 1 -Mar 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New Mexico Game Bird Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
PheasantsDec 12-15
QuailNov 15-Feb 15
GrouseSept 1 – Nov 30
Dove Sept 1 – Oct 28 & Dec 1-Jan 1 (2022)
DuckOct 19 – Jan 31
GooseSept 21-Oct 6 & Nov 2-Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Game bird hunting varies widely by hunting unit.

New Mexico Bear Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
GeneralAug 16-Nov 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New Mexico Game Hunting Season

New Mexico offers the hunter some unique species to hunt during the New Mexico hunting season. Animals include Barbary Sheep, Bighorn Sheep, Cougar, Ibex and Oryx.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Barbary SheepOct 12-Feb 28
Bighorn SheepSept 1-Jan 31
IbexOct 1-March 22
OryxSept 13-March 1
PronghornAug 17-Dec 15
CougarApr 1-March 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Dates vary between Firearms (listed above) and Bow seasons.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.