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  • Hunter with decoy / © Milton Friend, USFWS

    Light Goose Hunting Draws

    Apply by December 6th, 2016 for Bosque's Light Goose Hunting dates: December 14, 16, and 18-2015 AND January 18, 20, and 22-2016!

    Upcoming Events - Hunting Opportunity

  • American black bear / USFWS

    Fun Fact

    The color of black bears varies with most eastern bears' fur dark black but in the west they might be brown, cinnamon, or blond.

    Enjoy our black bear interactive coloring page!

  • Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©

    Thriving on the Refuge

    From a low of 17 individual cranes on the refuge in 1940, the wintering population of sandhills is up to 17,000.

    Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane

  • Yucca view

    Wilderness Areas

    Bosque del Apache Refuge includes three designated wilderness areas: Chupadera Peak, Indian Wells & Little San Pasqual Wilderness Area.

    Designated by Congress

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    For Wildlife & You

    The refuge uses many different tools to actively manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.

    Learn How


Hunting Opportunity on Refuge

Geese on wildlife refuge / © Joe Milmoe, USFWS

APPLY BY DECEMBER 6, 2016. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a lottery drawing for Light Goose Hunting December 14, 16, and 18, 2015 and January 18, 20, and 22, 2016. Thirty (30) individual permits will be issued each day. A $6.00 application fee is required and a fillable, on-line application form must be submitted. Please access the secure Application Form in the link below. Hunters are responsible for compliance with all State and Federal hunting regulations. Hunters are to report to the refuge headquarters by 4:45 am for check-in and the hunt concludes each day at 11:00 am. A bag limit of 20 light geese is allowed with a maximum of 50 non-toxic shells. For more information, please see the announcement in our website's Events Calendar page or dated calendar. You may also contact the refuge at 575-835-1828, Ext. 231.

Light Goose Hunt Application Form

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Enjoy Our Beautiful New Mexico Fall Season at Bosque!

  • Visitor Center Hours

    Sandhill crane submerged

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours during September through May are: Daily – 8am to 4pm. * Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. * The building may also close early on the day before the above and other federal holidays. Here, in the visitor center building, volunteers are available to provide you with a map and will let you know what is happening on the refuge. Our website's Upcoming Events page also displays current activities at the refuge! Displays in the visitor center explain habitat management and introduce you to the wildlife that call the refuge home. A nature store with field guides, checklists, and nature themed gifts will help enhance your visit. The attached headquarters offices are where the business of the refuge is conducted. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the building to the west.

    Refuge's Upcoming Events
  • Did You Know?

    A fossil of a crane was found in Nebraska that is estimated to be nearly 10 million years old. This makes cranes one of the oldest known species of birds in existence today.

  • Band Number: 599-05468

    Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS

    This band was worn for 36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain sandhill crane (RMSH). It is one of the oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29 June 1973, one mile north of Border, Wyoming on the Thomas Fork of the Bear River.

    Frequent Flyer Miles
Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Hunter on the water / © Milton Friend, USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Snow and blue geese on wildlife refuge / © Joe Milmoe, USFWS, Sandhill crane submerged during brilliant sunset hues, Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2015
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