Within this webpage is listed the regulations for crossbow hunting in New Mexico. This is the most current information to the best of our knowledge; however, it should only be used as a guide. It would be best to check with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to verify these facts prior to hunting. If you find it difficult to contact this entity, please contact us for assistance.
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Crossbow Regulations in New Mexico
It is lawful in New Mexico to use crossbows to harvest bear; cougar; elk; deer; javelin; pronghorn; Barbary sheep; oryx; Persian ibex; bighorn sheep; and turkey. Crossbows are legal for use in muzzleloader or any legal sporting arm seasons unless they have been otherwise restricted.
- Certified disabled, permit carrying hunters may lawfully use crossbows during all hunts.
- It is required that hunters under the age of 18 years successfully complete a hunter education program before applying for or purchasing a firearms hunting license and/or hunting. It is not required that they complete a bowhunter education program; however, it is strongly recommended.
- It is not legal for any hunter to equip crossbows with sights which project light or magnify targets not even when used by disabled hunters for archery only seasons.
- There are no current required draw weights for crossbows in New Mexico.
- Bolts must feature broadheads, mechanical or fixed, with cutting edges of steel.
- It is unlawful to use bolts which have been equipped with explosives or treated with any chemicals.
- It is mandatory that all harvesting be reported for deer; sheep; ibex; elk; oryx; javelin; pronghorn; antelope; and turkey. This may be completed on the telephone or via the internet.
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