Youth Turkey Hunt Opportunity

DSC_0045 Fully mentored youth turkey hunts in April and May.

Hunt Information

2021 Youth Turkey Hunt Information will be available in early 2021. 

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

Registration closed March 07, 2020 at 11:30pm

2020 Hunt Dates:

April 10-12, 2020

April 18-19, 2020

April 25-26, 2020

May 02-03, 2020

May 09-10, 2020

Drawing closed March 07, 2020 at 11:30pm 


If you have questions about the hunt please contact the refuge. 

  • Youth is defined as 17 years old or younger.
  • There will be TEN youth hunters drawn.
  • Please register each youth hunter separately, complete the registration process once for each individual hunter. Multiple entries for individual hunters will not be included in the draw and will not be refunded. 
  • Lottery registration is open from 12:00am February 02, 2020 to 11:30pm March 07, 2020.
  • The drawing will be held and TEN successfully drawn applicants will be notified after March 15, 2020 by email and/or by phone. 
  • Successfully drawn youth must obtain a New Mexico hunting license prior to the hunt.
  • Shotgun or Archery is allowed.
  • Youth hunters will be assigned one of five weekends in the order in which they were drawn, during the New Mexico Turkey Season, April 10 - May 10, 2020. For example: the first two applicants drawn will be assigned the first weekend of the youth hunt (April 11-12). Youth hunters who draw the first weekend will also be allowed to hunt Friday April 10 as it falls within the state established youth turkey hunt dates.