Youth Turkey Hunt Opportunity

Drawing March 15, 2018. One hunt per weekend: April 06- May 06, 2018
DSC_0045 Fully guided youth turkey hunts in April and May:

Hunt Information

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge offers a fully guided youth turkey hunt every year to aid in turkey population management and provide youth hunting opportunities. Up to six randomly selected youth hunters will be selected for an individual weekend to hunt at the refuge with a Fish and Wildlife Service guide. 

Online application available February 01, 2018.

Click here for online application.

Enter the youth's information in the secure online form, pay the $6 entry fee, and be entered in the random lottery drawing.

2018 Hunt Dates:

April 6-8, 2018
April 15, 2018
April 21-22, 2018
April 28-29, 2018
May 5-6, 2018

DRAWING CLOSES MARCH 09, 2018 at 11:30PM


If you have questions about the hunt please contact Daniel Weigand, Hunting Program Coordinator at or call (575) 517-6038

  • The hunt will take place on a Saturday and Sunday (with the exception of April 15 - one day hunt only) and the party should arrive at the refuge office at about 5:00am.
  • One adult and one youth may accompany the youth hunter.
  • Non-toxic turkey shot required with a preferred 12 gauge shotgun.
  • The hunt is guided by a Fish and Wildlife staff member and hunter success is near 100%.
  • Hunter must be legally licensed to hunt in New Mexico and successfully completed hunters education by hunt date.
  • Youth is defined as 17 years old and younger.
  • Drawing will be conducted March 15 and the drawn hunters will be notified by email.
  • Only one youth hunter per application.

  • There will be SIX youth hunters drawn. There were 68 entries in the 2017 lottery.