Deer Licenses in New Mexico (2023–2024)

General Information

  • For licenses, applications, harvest reporting, and general information, contact 1-888-248-6866 or visit

Bag Limit

  • FAD: Fork-antlered deer (white-tailed or mule deer).
  • FAMD: Fork-antlered mule deer.
  • FAWTD: Fork-antlered white-tailed deer.
  • ESWTD: Either sex white-tailed deer.
  • A: Antlerless deer.

Private-land Only Deer Licenses

  • Application: Hunters must obtain a private-land only deer license and carcass tag to hunt on private land (exceptions in Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4, and 5A).
  • Purchase Method: Available online, by telephone, from license vendors, or at NMDGF offices. Online and telephone purchases should be made at least 14 days before the hunt start date unless the E-Tag option is chosen.
  • Hunt Code Selection: The hunter must select a hunt code corresponding with a deer-draw hunt code for the unit, bag limit, sporting arm type, and season date.
  • Quality Deer License: Nonresidents selecting a hunt code designated as quality (Q) or high demand (HD) must purchase a quality deer license.

Private-land Deer Hunting in Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4, and 5A

  • Authorization Code: Hunters must obtain an authorization code and a hunt code from the landowner and apply through the regular public draw.
  • Application Deadline: Must be completed by 5:00 p.m., March 22, 2023.
  • License Issuance: Private-land only licenses are not issued by license vendors for hunts in these units.
  • Landowner Authorization: Landowners must obtain an authorization code and hunt codes from the NMDGF Northwest Area office in Albuquerque or call 505-222–4710.

Private-land Deer Hunting in Units 8, 46, 54, 55, and 55B

  • Limited Public-Land Hunting: These units have limited public-land hunting opportunities.
  • Hunt Codes: Hunters in these units must select from specified hunt codes, with details on hunt dates, fee types, licenses available, and bag limits for each unit and weapon type.

Deer Draw Licenses

  • Authorization: Draw licenses authorize hunting on open public land within the specified unit or hunt area and on private land (with written permission), except in Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4, and 5A.
  • Closed Areas: Includes military reservations, national parks and monuments, state parks and monuments, recreation areas, national wildlife refuges, state wildlife management areas, and other locations.

Premium Statewide Deer Hunt

  • Hunt Code: DER–1–700.
  • Season: September 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024.
  • Bag Limit: Fork-antlered deer (FAD).
  • License Type: S (Standard).
  • Availability: 1 license.

Specific Unit Hunt Details

  • Each unit has specific hunt codes, dates, fee types, license availability, and bag limits. The details for each unit include the type of deer (fork-antlered mule deer, fork-antlered white-tailed deer, either sex white-tailed deer, antlerless deer), the type of hunting weapon (bow, muzzleloader, any legal weapon), and special categories like youth-only hunts or mobility-impaired only hunts.

Examples of Specific Units

  • Unit 2A: Includes Pine River WMA with various hunt codes for bow, muzzleloader, and any legal weapon, including youth-only options.
  • Unit 2B: Includes Navajo WMA with a range of hunt codes for bow (including youth-only), muzzleloader, and any legal weapon.
  • Unit 2C, 4, 5A, 5B: Each of these units has specific hunt codes for different weapon types and season dates.
  • Units 6A, 6C, 7, 8: Each unit offers a range of hunt codes for bow, muzzleloader, and any legal weapon, including youth-only and other specific hunts.
  • The details continue for each unit up to Unit 59, covering various hunting methods, dates, and special conditions.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Areas

  • Some units have CWD detected in the area. Hunters in these units need to be aware of specific regulations and guidelines related to CWD.

White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) Specifics

  • Mandatory check-in/check-out and access fee requirements for hunters in the WSMR portion of certain units.
  • Special discounts and instructions for successful applicants.

Additional Hunt Options

  • The information includes specific hunt codes for areas like Burro Mountain, Fort Bayard Management Area, Sugarite Canyon State Park, and other specific locations, each with their unique set of rules and availability.

General Information

  • For more detailed information on deer licenses, including applications and harvest reporting, hunters can contact 1-888-248-6866 or visit

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