Turkey Hunting Protocols and Seasons

General Turkey Hunting Information

  • Mandatory Items While Hunting:
    • See page 8 for field requirements.
  • Tagging Turkey Harvests:
    • Tagging steps are detailed on pages 29–30.
  • License Details and Fees:
    • Available on pages 8–13.
  • Permitted Sporting Arms:
    • Shotguns, bows, or crossbows, as explained on page 29.
  • Youth-Only Hunts:
    • Please refer to page 14.
  • Harvesting Marked Animals:
    • Legality discussed on page 5.

New Gould's Turkey Hunt

  • Regions: Units 26 and 27.
  • Hunt Type: Once-in-a-lifetime.

Turkey Draw Permits

  • Application Deadline:
    • February 15, 2023.
  • Group Applications:
    • Max two individuals.
  • License Purchase:
    • Over-the-counter turkey licenses required for draw permit validation.
  • Purchase Points:
    • Through the NMDGF website, call 1-888-248-6866, NMDGF offices, or from license vendors.
  • Tagging Deadline:
    • Purchase made at least 14 days before the hunt, tags mailed, unless E-Tag is selected.
  • Draw Hunt Area Dates:
    • Specific to permit dates listed.

Spring Over-the-Counter (OTC) License Hunts

  • License Sales Points:
    • NMDGF offices, online, license vendors, or call 1-888-248-6866.
  • OTC Seasons:
    • Statewide spring season: April 15–May 15, excluding closed areas:
      • Units: 2A (certain areas), 2B, 2C, 6B, 8, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31.
      • WMAs: Bernardo, Jackson Lake, La Joya, Marquez/LBar, Prairie Chicken, Red Rock, Valle Vidal, W.S. Huey.
  • Youth-Only Spring Season:
    • April 7–9 in all units open for spring hunting except draw-permit closed areas.

Bag Limit Spring Season

  • Standard Limit:
    • Two bearded turkeys, varies with permit areas.
  • Remain Attached:
    • Beard and surrounding feathers until consumption or storage.

Turkey Draw Permit Seasons

  • Hunt Date Ranges:
    • April 15 - May 15, special dates in units 8 and 55A.
  • Turkey Hunt Codes and Licenses:
    • Numerous hunt codes like TUR–1–102 to TUR–1–109.
    • Licenses ranging from 5 to 115, depending on unit and type.
  • Bag Limits:
    • Normally one bearded turkey, with special conditions in unit 8.

Important Reminders

  • Youth Hunts on BLM River Management Area:
    • Specific hunts in unit 30, these require orientation.
  • Bosque del Apache NWR Youth Hunt:
    • Weekend hunts during April and May for youth under 17.
    • Specific information provided by Bosque del Apache NWR contact.

Fall OTC License Hunts

  • Duration and Weaponry:
    • Sept 1–30 (bow only), Nov 1–30 (shotgun, bow, or crossbow).
  • Statewide Fall Season:
    • Excludes closed units listed in the general information section.
  • Bag Limit Fall Season:
    • One turkey per hunter, a second chance in November if not successful in September.

Contact and Additional Information

  • For Licenses, Applications, and Details:
    • Visit NMDGF or call 1-888-248-6866.
  • Bosque del Apache NWR:
    • Visit Bosque del Apache or call 575-835-1828 for refuge-specific hunting opportunities.

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