Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing
Bosque del Apache NWR is one of over 500 National Wildlife Refuges. The primary objective of the refuge is to provide high quality habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. Organized hunting of surplus wildlife species is one tool used to maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the available habitat.
General Hunting Regulations
Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges is a privilege, please respect it. These regulations supplement the general regulations that govern hunting on wildlife refuges as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations.We allow hunting of quail, cottontail rabbits, dove, mule deer, and light geese (snow geese and Ross’s geese) with the following regulations:
State and federal hunting regulations regarding methods of take, dates, bag limits, etc., apply to all hunting on the refuge, in addition to refuge specific regulations.
Transportation of weapons across areas closed to hunting is allowed only when weapons are unloaded and cased.
Hunting of species not expressly mentioned is prohibited. No canoeing, boating, or floating is allowed through the refuge.
Hunting dogs may be used to retrieve game, but must be kept on a leash when not hunting.
Youth Spring Turkey Hunt
The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge will conduct a 2013 Youth Spring Turkey Hunt for youth hunters (ages 17 and under). Applications will be available in late winter of 2012.
Youth Light Goose Hunt
The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge will conduct a 2014 Youth Light Goose Hunt for youth hunters (ages 17 and under). Applications will be available in December of 2013.
Big Game Hunting
Oryx Hunting - Read the press release concerning Oryx Hunting at Bosque del Apache NWR
Hunting for mule deer is permitted during appropriate state hunting seasons. Areas open for mule deer include the following:
Mule Deer Hunts—West Side:
Modern firearms: Power-line to west boundary Access on the west side of the railroad tracks is either by State Highway 1, or via Gravel Pit Road.
Mule Deer Hunts—East Side:
Park at the gate leading into the refuge, but do not block access to the service road.
Small Game Hunting
Hunting for quail, cottontail rabbit, and dove is allowed during concurrent state designated hunting seasons.