SANTA FE ― Hunting licenses for 763 deer, 85 youth-only pronghorn and four mobility-impaired-only elk that were not allocated during the annual 2019-2020 big-game draw will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 26, only on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses for the first 24 hours of the first-come, first-served sale. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 27.
Important note for youth hunters: Because these are leftover draw licenses, purchasing a leftover deer or pronghorn license will render youth hunters ineligible to purchase an encouragement elk license during the upcoming sale in July.
To buy a leftover license, hunters must first purchase either an annual Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. In advance of the sale, hunters may buy one of the required licenses, the Habitat Stamp and the Habitat Management Access Validation by logging into their account and clicking the OTC Licenses, Permits and Stamps link under License Sales 2019.
Hunters are strongly encouraged to review online customer accounts and to be signed on to their account before the sale begins. Popular licenses often sell out in minutes, sometimes seconds, after sales begin.
Leftover licenses will be sold online only. A license/tag will be mailed to the hunter for all approved purchases within 14 days of purchase. Hunters are also advised that they must provide a valid mailing address at the time of purchase, unless the e-tag option is selected for deer or elk.
Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license also must have completed all mandatory 2018-19 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee, will be refunded on rejected purchases.
For more information about the leftover license sale please call the department’s toll-free information line, 888.248.6866. Leftover licenses will not be sold over the phone.