New Mexico Proposes Expansion of Mentored Hunting

The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission has proposed changes to the state’s mentored hunting laws that would lower the age to purchase a mentored hunting license from 10 years old to 8 years old. Additionally, the new rule will allow mentored hunters to harvest pronghorn antelope, which will be a great addition to the big game species already allowed. These opportunities continue to expand on the Families Afield program that has been championed by the Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Take Action Today! Webinar hearings will be held on Sept. 24 and 29, both at 6 p.m., to discuss the proposed regulations in more detail at this link. Comments on the proposed revisions can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Hunter Education Rule Amendments, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507; or by email:

“Mentored hunters are proven to be six times safer in the field than the general hunting population and more likely to take their hunter education course and become regularly licensed hunters if they are given the opportunity to hunt for several years,” said Jacob Hupp associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Our New Mexico members will have expanded opportunities to introduce youth to the sport of hunting and in turn protect the future of our hunting heritage by giving more youth greater opportunities to get out and go hunting.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: OnlineFacebookTwitter and Instagram.