Anyone younger than 18 must successfully complete a course before hunting with a firearm, purchasing a firearm hunting license or applying for a firearm hunting license
New hunter education classes have been scheduled around New Mexico by the state Game and Fish Department to help young hunters qualify to apply for 2011-12 big-game licenses.
The department said in a news release Wednesday that people should go to www.wildlife.state.nm.us and click on the Hunter Education button on the home page to view available classes and to register online.
The news release said students will be assigned a free customer identification number, which is required to register for classes, and the same number will be required to buy hunting, fishing or trapping licenses online or to apply for any of the department’s special drawing hunts.
Those without Internet access can get customer identification numbers and register for hunter education classes at Game and Fish offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces during normal business hours, the news release said.
Hunter education classes are required under state law to have been successfully completed by anyone younger than 18 before they can hunt with a firearm, buy a firearm hunting license or apply for a firearm hunting license, according to news release. March 28 is the application deadline for public land deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses.
For more information about the Hunter Education Program, call 505-222-4731.