New Mexico proposes changes to bighorn sheep and javelina for 2019


New Mexico Bighorn Sheep
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New Mexico’s bighorn sheep and javelina rules may change for the 2019 season. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) have proposed several changes that will be discussed at two public meetings: one held on Jan. 30 in Las Cruces and another held on Feb. 6 in Albuquerque.

While the only change proposed for javelina is adjusting the season dates based on the new calendar year, several changes are being considered for bighorn sheep.

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According to NMDGF, the following rule changes have been proposed for bighorn sheep:

  • Adjusting seasons for calendar dates.
  • Increasing Rocky Mountain and desert “up to” numbers for rams.
  • Adding a Jemez hunt with a bag limit.
  • Moving some bighorn rifle hunts outside of deer/elk archery season.
  • Adding Rocky Mountain ewe hunts to alpine and lower elevation to help manage populations.

Click here for more details concerning the above-proposed changes.

If you cannot attend one of the upcoming meetings and would still like to comment on the proposed changes, please email NMDGF at or


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