SANTA FE ― The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) urges hunters to set safety as their top priority and remain aware of their surroundings when hunting on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
A good rule of thumb is look up, look down, look all around.
Hunters are advised to use extra caution in areas previously burned by wildfires which may have a large number of hazard trees and unstable soils prone to flash flooding.
Hazard trees are dead, dying or unstable trees with the potential to cause property damage, personal injury or death if or when they fall.
Burn areas are especially dangerous during strong winds and heavy rain. Hunters are also encouraged to contact the local Ranger District for current road and campground conditions.
All hunters are required to carry valid game-hunting licenses issued by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), and youth under 18 are required to show proof that they have passed a state-certified hunter education course or are currently enrolled in the New Mexico Mentored-Youth (MY) Hunting Program.
In addition, licensed hunters, anglers and trappers on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or NFS lands in New Mexico are required to purchase a Habitat Stamp from the NMDGF.
The Habitat Stamp Program is a cooperative management program that provides ecologically diverse wildlife and fish habitats on NFS and BLM lands.
New Mexico sportsmen purchase approximately $900,000 worth of Habitat Stamps each year, and the funds go to habitat improvement projects.
The use of drones for hunting or locating game is illegal in New Mexico.
For additional information about New Mexico hunting rules and regulations, please visit the NMDGF website.
Hunters on the Santa Fe National Forest are required to follow travel management regulations which designate roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use.
The 2015 Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at all SFNF offices. Hunters may also contact the appropriate Ranger District for additional information on motorized big-game retrieval.