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Webinars to Explain 2022 Big Game Draw | Environment

The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish hosts live webinars at minimum once per week until March 14th to provide details on the 2022 Big Game Draw. The deadline for this year’s draw is March 16th.

New Mexico hunters can enter the draw to hunt a Barbary sheep or bighorn sheep, or a pronghorn, oryx, oryx, oryx, oryx, oryx, or javelina. The draw allows hunters to apply for private-land deer hunts in Units 2A, 2B and 2C 4, as well as Units 5A, 5A, and 5. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Before the draw deadline, the webinars’ game-and fish experts will host questions-and-answer session. This will include information on youth and adult hunter education programs and a list of common queries. Sessions include information on hunting rules and laws, as well meetings with turkey, elk, and deer biologists.

March 16th is the deadline to apply for New Mexico draw licenses to hunt Barbary sheep, bighorn lambs, deer elk or pronghorn oryx.

According to wildlife.state.nm.usThe draw is based on a contingent 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 random sequence number.

More information on the drawing odds and details about how the system works can found at

The webinar schedule is available for the Big Game Draw. All webinars begin at 6 p.m.

  • Jan. 5: Most common questions
  • Jan. 10: Hunter education and mentoring youth
  • Jan. 12: It’s all in the rules
  • Jan. 19: Getting started
  • Jan. 24, 2012: Know the law
  • Jan. 26: Meet the bear biologist
  • Feb. 2: Meet the Turkey Biologist
  • February 7, 2009: Access is the key
  • Feb. 9: Meet an elk biologist
  • February 16: Meet the deer biologist
  • Feb. 21: It is in the reports
  • February 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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