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8:50am — Late-Season Cow Elk Licenses Offered Online Next Week

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A total of 565 licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Nov. 18.

A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season, according to a state Department of Game and Fish news release.

The licenses will be available only online and on a first-come, first-served basis at, the release said.

Hunters should visit the Web site before the sale date to review available hunts and to start an online account if they haven't already done so, according to the release.

The licenses are for antlerless elk in various game management units around the state, including 200 licenses for muzzleloaders or bows only and another 365 for any legal sporting arm, according to Game and Fish.

License fees are $61 for New Mexico residents and $333 for nonresidents and will be charged at the time of a successful online registration, the release said.

A late season cow elk hunt on the Valle Vidal is a once-in-a-lifetime hunt — it is illegal for anyone to purchase a license if they have held a Valle Vidal antlerless elk license since 1983 — and will cost nonresident hunters $768, according to the release.

To be eligible for late-season hunts, applicants who held a 2007-08 deer or elk hunting license must have submitted a mandatory harvest report and still may do so for an $8 late fee at Game and Fish offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces.

Here are the available hunts:

Muzzleloader or bow only:


  • Unit 9 — Nov. 29-Dec. 7, 200 licenses. Note: Successful applicants for Game Management Unit 9 hunts should receive their licenses by Nov. 25 to accommodate the short timeframe between application and hunt dates. Unit 9 hunters who do not receive their licenses by Nov. 25, must obtain a duplicate license by visiting a Game Department office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26. Please note that Department offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday.




Any legal sporting arm:


  • Unit 6C — Dec. 18-22, 40 licenses.
  • Unit 34 — Dec. 13-17, 50 licenses.
  • Unit 44-45 — Dec. 6-10, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 51 — Dec. 18-22, 200 licenses.
  • Unit 53 — (except Cerro), Dec. 13-21, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 55 — (Valle Vidal and Greenwood areas), Dec. 6-10, 25 licenses. This is classified as a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. 

For more information about the late-season cow elk hunts, please call (505) 476-8000.




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