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Courtesy New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

The deadline for the 2022 Big Game Draw is March 16 before 5 p.m.

The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish  will be hosting live webinars at least once per week through March 14 to provide detailed information on the 2022 Big Game Draw, which has a deadline of March 16 this year.

The draw allows New Mexico hunters to throw their hunting hats in the ring for a chance at hunting a Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn or oryx. The draw also allows for applications for private-land deer hunts for Units 2A, 2B, 2C 4 and 5A. Applications are due before 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

The webinars' game and fish experts will host leading up to the deadline for the draw will include question-and-answer sessions that run through lists of common inquiries, information on hunter education programs available for youth and adults. Sessions include topics including hunting rules and laws as well as meetings with bear, turkey, elk and deer biologists.

The deadline to apply for draw licenses in New Mexico to hunt Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx or get a private-land deer hunting license is March 16.

According to wildlife.state.nm.us, the draw is based on a quota system. According to state law, the goal of the draw is to distribute a minimum of 84 percent of licenses for each hunt to New Mexico residents — 10 percent to residents or nonresidents who have contracted with an outfitter and 6 percent to nonresidents who have not contracted with an outfitter.

Drawing applications are assigned a sequence number at random.

More information on drawing odds and other details on how the system works can be found at bit.ly/3mYOuWX.

The webinar schedule for the Big Game Draw is as follows. All webinars start at 6 p.m.:

  • Jan. 5: Most common questions
  • Jan. 10: Hunter education, volunteering and mentored youth
  • Jan. 12: It's all about the rules
  • Jan. 19: Getting started
  • Jan. 24: Know the law
  • Jan. 26: Meet the bear biologist
  • Feb. 2: Meet the turkey biologist
  • Feb. 7: Access is the key
  • Feb. 9: Meet the elk biologist
  • Feb. 16: Meet the deer biologist
  • Feb. 21: It's in the reports
  • Feb. 23: Meet the pronghorn biologist
  • March 2: Meet the bighorn sheep biologist
  • March 9: Meet the big game program manager
  • March 14: Last-minute Q&A

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