Hunting Regulations

New Mexico Hunter Education Requirements

All youth hunters under 18 years of age must obtain a Hunter Education number issued by New Mexico or another state or provide a New Mexico Mentored-Youth Hunter number. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to apply for or purchase a hunting license before completing a hunter education course or being registered in the Mentored-Youth Program. Uncertified juveniles in New Mexico must carry their hunter education card on them while hunting.

New Mexico Mentored-Youth Quiz

For first-time hunters at least 10 years of age—but younger than 18 years of age—must successfully pass the MY quiz to receive a Mentored-Youth Hunter number. This number enables a Mentored-Youth Hunter to hunt under the supervision of an adult mentor, purchase a Game-hunting License or Game-hunting & Fishing License, and apply for or purchase hunting licenses for the following species and opportunities only: deer, turkey, javelina and small game. Participation is a one-time opportunity and good for two consecutive license years. When the Mentored-Youth Hunter has completed the program and successfully passed the New Mexico Hunter Education course, he or she can hunt any legal species independently with no age restriction.

Take the New Mexico Mentored-Youth Quiz

New Mexico Hunting License

New Mexico hunting licenses are issued by the Department of Game and Fish. There are different licenses offered, depending on the species you wish to hunt. All hunters must purchase a hunting license for the intended species. Fees for hunting licenses also vary. Contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for more information on hunting licenses.

Minimum Age Requirements

There is no minimum age to purchase a hunting license however the youth must have a valid hunter education card, or be registered in the Mentored-Youth Program before they can apply for, or buy, any type of firearms hunting license.

Hunter Orange Requirement

Though hunter orange is only required to hunt on any of New Mexico's military installations the Department strongly recommends that all hunters wear hunter orange clothing visible from all sides when hunting.

Important Note

For a more complete listing of New Mexico's hunting license laws, hunting regulations, or hunter education requirements, please consult the New Mexico's Hunting Regulations, available from the Department of Game & Fish or on their website at