New Mexico Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for New Mexico.

Who is required to complete hunter education in New Mexico?

According to New Mexico law, all hunters who are under 18 years of age must complete hunter education certification in order to apply for or purchase a firearms hunting license in New Mexico.

Is completion of a New Mexico state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes, in some cases. In order to buy a license, New Mexico requires that hunters younger than 18 years old must first complete a course approved by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and IHEA-USA.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Number. Likewise, New Mexico will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

New Mexico-Approved Hunting Course

The New Mexico Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This New Mexico Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure New Mexico hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this New Mexico online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making New Mexico a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions New Mexico Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions