Attention deer, elk hunter: Harvest reports due Sunday, Feb. 15

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license/permit to hunt or trap in New Mexico during the 2008-2009 seasons that deadlines for submitting Mandatory Harvest Reports are fast approaching.

All deer and elk hunters must file their harvest reports by Sunday, Feb. 15. Hunters who miss the reporting deadline may still report and be eligible for drawings if they report before the drawing deadline and pay an $8 late fee. The next application deadline is April 8, 2009, for public-land deer permits, private-land deer permits in Units 2A, 2B, 2C, 4 and 5A; and draw licenses for elk, pronghorn, antelope, ibex, Barbary sheep, javelina and bighorn sheep.

Failure to submit a required harvest report will result in all applications for public draw hunts and landowner authorizations being rejected for the following season.

Reporting takes only minutes, either by visiting www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll-free, (888) 248-6866.

Furbearer hunters and trappers must report harvest information by April 7.

For more information and complete details about mandatory harvest reporting or the special hunt drawings, please visit the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or call the Wildlife Management Division at 505-476-8038.