Night Hunting in New Mexico: Laws & Regulations

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If you are visiting New Mexico for a hunting trip, there are a few laws that you need to know about.

Here, we take a look at some of the most common ones.

General Night Hunting Laws

Is a Hunter Education Certificate required for a hunting license in New Mexico?

A hunter education number is required for all hunters who are seventeen years of age and younger.

What are the legal shooting hours in New Mexico?

The legal hours are between 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. This is applicable for all big game, furbearers, and turkey and furbearers, except raccoon.

Is night hunting allowed in New Mexico?

No.

Is wearing orange color required for hunting in New Mexico?

Wearing 244 square inches of blaze orange is required for hunting on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and on military properties. Elsewhere it’s not required.

Can artificial light be used for hunting in New Mexico?

A headlamp or a hand-held flashlight can be used for raccoon hunting. Use of spotlight or any other artificial light is illegal. For use of flashlights in private lands, an artificial light permit is needed.

Is there a restriction on firearms for hunting in New Mexico?

Tracer ammunition, full-metal jacketed bullets, and fully automatic weapons are not allowed.

Is hunting from vehicles allowed in New Mexico?

A motor-driven vehicle can’t be taken on any closed or protected road under the Habitat Protection Act. Driving off an established road on any public land or any private land without the landowner’s written permission is illegal.

Coyote Hunting at Night

Is a license needed to hunt coyotes in New Mexico?

A license isn’t required for residents. For nonresidents, a New Mexico nonresident hunting license is required for hunting coyotes and other nongame species.

Can coyotes be hunted at night in New Mexico?

No. Hunting is only allowed between 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in New Mexico?

No.

Is there a closed season for coyotes in New Mexico?

No.

Deer Hunting at Night

Do I need a license for hunting deer on private land in New Mexico?

Yes. A private–land only deer license along with a carcass tag is needed.

Is deer hunting allowed at night in New Mexico?

No.

Can artificial lights be used for hunting deer in New Mexico?

No. Shining spotlights or other artificial lights while hunting big game is prohibited.

Can calling devices be used for deer hunting in New Mexico?

No electronic or mechanical calling devices are allowed.

Rabbit Hunting at Night

Can rabbits be hunted at night in New Mexico?

No

Is a license needed to hunt rabbits in New Mexico?

A license isn’t required for residents. For nonresidents, a New Mexico nonresident hunting license is required for hunting coyotes and other nongame species.

Feral Hog Hunting at Night

Do I need a license to hunt feral hogs in New Mexico?

Feral hogs can be hunted without a license by both residents and non-residents.

Is there a season for hunting feral hogs in New Mexico?

No. They can be hunted year-round.

Can I hunt feral hogs with artificial light at night in New Mexico?

No.

Conclusion

So, we have answered some of the most common queries related to hunting in New Mexico.

Now, it’s down to you.

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Kim Goodwin
About Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin holds a Master's in thermal engineering from the University of Rhode Island. At Thermo Gears, she reviews most equipment that uses thermal imaging technologies.