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Hunting Seasons Open Thursday Around N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thursday will be the opening day of hunting seasons for deer, elk and a variety of small-game species.

The state Game and Fish Department said in a news release Wednesday that September seasons for deer and elk are for hunters using bows and arrows who were successful in the public land license drawings or have authorization to hunt on private land. Most deer and elk seasons for hunters using muzzleloaders and high-powered rifles are scheduled in October and November.

The news release said that hunting season for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels will open Thursday in many areas of the state. Licenses are available at department offices and vendors statewide, according to the news release.

For more information about hunting rules and opportunities in New Mexico, go to and look for the rules and information booklets at the bottom of the home page or call 505-476-8000 to speak with a department representative.