SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Young New Mexicans have a chance starting next week to obtain a license to hunt elk this season.
The Game and Fish Department is offering for sale more than 2,000 youth licenses for hunting elk without antlers.
The online sale starts July 9 and the licenses are for hunters who will be younger than age 18 on the opening day of the hunt.
The licenses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available for two weeks to New Mexico residents who didn’t draw a big game hunting license in this year’s lottery.
Starting July 23, young out-of-state hunters are eligible to buy a license if they didn’t previously draw an elk permit in the lottery.
The department said the sale is intended to encourage hunting by young sportsmen.