New Mexico Other Wild Game Hunting Season Dates

New Mexico Hunting Season Guide for Various Species

Bobcat Season

  • Season Dates: November 1 to March 15
  • Bag Limit: Statewide

Dove Season

  • South Zone - Early Season: September 1 to October 28 (15 mourning doves per day)
  • North Zone: September 1 to November 29 (15 mourning doves per day)
  • South Zone - Late Season: December 1 to January 1 (15 mourning doves per day)

Duck Season

  • Central Flyway (North and South Zone):
    • September Teal: September 10 to September 18
    • North Zone: October 8 to January 11
    • South Zone: October 28 to January 31
  • Pacific Flyway (North and South Zone): October 19 to January 31
  • Note: Check rules for bag limits

Fox Season

  • Season Dates: November 1 to March 15
  • Bag Limit: Statewide

Mountain Lion Season

  • Statewide: April 1 to March 31

Pheasant Season

  • Statewide OTC: December 8 to December 11
  • Note: Excludes County of Valencia; 3 male maximum per bag per day

Quail Season

  • Statewide: November 15 to February 15
  • Note: Per day bag limit of 15

Sandhill Crane Season

  • Various Zones and Dates: October 29 to January 15
  • Note: Daily bag limit of 3 for Sandhill crane; specific dates vary by zone

Squirrel Season

  • Species: Abert’s, Red, Gray, and Fox Squirrel
  • Season Dates: September 1 to December 31

Oryx Hunting Seasons

  • Units 16A, 16B, 16C, 16D, 17; Units 18, 19, 20, 21: Year-round (No limit)
  • Unit 28: December 16-17; January 6-7, 2024 (No limit)
  • Statewide: June 1 to March 31, 2024 (No limit)

Pronghorn Season

  • Various Units and Dates: August 12 to October 16
  • Note: Specific dates and restrictions vary by unit, including bow, youth only, mobility impaired, muzzleloader, and regular seasons

Cougar Season

  • Zones A to S: April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024
  • Note: Specific total and female limits apply to each zone

Coyote Season

  • Season Dates: January 1 to December 31
  • Bag Limit: No limit, no closed season


This comprehensive guide covers a wide range of hunting seasons in New Mexico for various species, including specific dates, bag limits, and area restrictions. Hunters should always check the latest regulations and updates from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

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