New Mexico

During the New Mexico Muzzleloader Hunting Season, muzzleloaders are rifles and shotguns in which the charge and projectile are loaded through the muzzle. Only black powder, Pyrodex or an equivalent substitute may be used. Smokeless powder is illegal. Legal muzzleloading shotguns are those capable of being fired from the shoulder only. Muzzleloaders may use in-line ignition, pelleted powder, sabots, belted bullets and scopes.

Restricted Muzzleloader: (for specific deer hunts) any muzzleloading rifle (including a smoothbore flintlock or musket) using open sights in which the charge and projectile are loaded through the muzzle. Only black powder, Pyrodex or an equivalent substitute may be used. Smokeless powder, in-line ignition, pelleted powder, sabots, belted bullets, multiple projectiles and scopes are illegal during the New Mexico Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

New Mexico Muzzleloader Hunting Season

New Mexico Muzzleloader Hunting Season Dates Vary By Region –
http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/download/publications/rib/2020/hunting/2020_2021-New-Mexico-Hunting-Rules-and-Info.pdf

Big Game Rules

Learn more about New Mexico Big Game Rules as referenced by the 2016-17 NM Hunting Rules & Info (pg. 20-22). or see also General Hunting Rules.

While in the field, you must have all of the following:

1. A Game-hunting License or Game-hunting & Fishing License.
2. A license and/or permit if required for the species hunted.
3. A Habitat Management & Access Validation (Applicable for all hunters 18 years of age or older, except 100% disabled resident veterans in conjunction with their free licenses).
4. A Habitat Stamp if hunting on BLM or Forest Service lands.
5. Written permission from the landowner if hunting on private land.
6. A Hunter Education or Mentored-Youth Program number if under 18 years of age.

New Mexico Muzzleloader Hunting Season

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

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