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New Mexico’s landscape ranges from wide deserts and broken mesas to high snow-capped peaks. Despite the state’s arid appearance, heavily forested mountains cover a significant portion its land area. The southernmost section of the Rocky Mountains run along the east side of the Rio Grande in the north. New Mexico’s climate is generally semiarid to arid, though areas of continental and alpine climates exist. It is mostly covered by mountains, high plains and desert. The Great Plains are located in Eastern New Mexico.
The average annual temperatures can range from 64 °F (18 °C) in the southeast to below 40 °F (4 °C) in the northern mountains.
New Mexico contains extensive habitat for many plants and animals, especially in desert areas and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Some of the state’s native mammals include black bears, cougars, jaguars, coyotes, porcupines, skunks, Mexican gray wolves, deer, elk, Plains bison, bighorn sheep, squirrels, pronghorns and jackrabbits, as well as a great many birds, reptiles and rodents.
Application Fee: $13 included in application (nonrefundable)
Hunting License: $65
Species, Tag Fees (refundable):
- Deer S: $283
- Deer Q, Q/HD: $368
- Elk S: $548
- Elk Q, HD, Q/HD: $773
- Pronghorn: $283
- Bighorn Sheep: $3,173
- Oryx: $1,623
Application Due Date: March 15, 2017
Point Program: None
Apply at: www.wildlife.state.nm.us
Phone: (505) 476-8000