New Mexico to sell elk licenses to young hunters

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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