Hunting License Laws

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 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