Wednesday is deadline to apply for 2008-2009 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina and bighorn sheep hunts

By QCS Staff

Wednesday is the deadline for hunters to apply for 2008-2009 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina and bighorn sheep hunting opportunities allotted by draw in New Mexico, according to a press release from the state’s Department of Game and Fish.

Online applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Paper applications must be postmarked by April 9 or delivered to the Department of Game and Fish office in Santa Fe by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

More than 150,000 applications for about 50,000 available licenses and permits are expected, the release stated. About half of all the applications will come in this week, and about 80 percent will be online through the department ‘s Web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us . Licenses, permits, stamps and validations that are sold over-the-counter at license vendors and department offices also are available on the Web site.

All applicants who were licensed to hunt deer or elk, or to hunt or trap furbearers in the 2007-2008 seasons must have completed a harvest report to be eligible for the upcoming drawing, the release said.

Hunters and trappers who did not report by the deadlines — Feb. 15 for deer and elk hunters, March 31 for furbearer hunters and trappers — can still participate in the 2007-2008 drawings if they complete their harvest survey and pay an $8 late fee before applying. Hunters who fail to report their 2007-2008 harvest results — successful or not — will have their 2008-2009 applications rejected. Harvest reports can be submitted online at www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll-free (888) 248-6866, the release said.

The drawing will be in June, and results will be available in late June on the department website or in person at any department office.