iSportsman is a data collection and user management service utilized on over 40 other military installations.  This service will be used to distribute information, as a tool to register and authorize users, authorize recreational areas and collect recreational user and hunter harvest data.

Our goal is to provide Fort Bliss visitors with safe, quality hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities by managing the ecosystems and biodiversity through conservation, protection, restoration, and sustainment while supporting the military mission in a fiscally responsible manner.  Recreational activities on Fort Bliss may involve bird and wildlife watching, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and scouting.  Hunting on Fort Bliss is regulated by state and federal laws, Army and Range policies and regulations and the Fort Bliss Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan.  Hunting seasons, dates, areas, closures, species, licensing, weapons restrictions, and bag limits are established by, and in compliance with corresponding state regulations.  New Mexico and Texas State hunting regulations must be obeyed while hunting on Fort Bliss.  These regulations are posted on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department websites.

                                   LOTTERY ENTRIES NO LONGER AVAILABLE                                   

What:  Fort Bliss is making available a big game draw hunt for the Texas portion of the Fort Bliss Training Center. Drawn hunters
            will have the opportunity to hunt Barbary sheep (Aoudad) and Oryx (Gemsbok) in portions of the South Training Areas. 

            Twenty (20) Oryx and Ten (10) Barbary sheep hunt authorizations will be awarded through lottery.

When: Hunt will take place November 26-28, 2021 & December 31, 2021 - January 2, 2022
                                                                                            *hunt date subject to postponement or cancellation     
              Hunters will be able to hunt on both date ranges on the South Training Areas of Fort Bliss that are open for access.  Hunters may only harvest
              one (1) animal of the species drawn for this authorization.

WhoOpen to public and active-duty military members
           Ten (10) Oryx and five (5) Barbary sheep hunt authorizations will be awarded to active-duty military members AND 
           Ten (10) Oryx and five (5) Barbary sheep hunt authorizations will be awarded to civilians and youth hunters.

All lottery winners will be required to obtain a Fort Bliss Access Permit validated for hunting and the appropriate TX State Hunting Licenses.  See below for the process of obtaining a Fort Bliss Access Permit.  For TX State Hunting Licenses please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website,

Steps to Obtain Lottery Entry
          1.   Create an account with Fort Bliss iSportsman
          2.   Complete the 2021 Hunter and Range Safety Briefing
                    Located under the My Safety Briefs tab on your account
          3.   Purchase a 2021 TX Lottery Entry
                    Located under the Available Permits tab on your account
                    Lottery Entries are free of charge ($0.00)

                    Limited to one entry per species per account


*Details on how to acquire the winning lottery permit will be delivered to all winners

2021 Fort Bliss Hunting & Recreation Access Permits
Available Now!

The 2021 Fort Bliss Access Permit will be located under 'Available Permits' of user accounts that have a valid 2021 Safety Briefing Validation and a current VCC Weapons Registration or Recreational Only Validation.  Please note that all Access Permits will become invalid when either one of the Validations mentioned above expire.

Expired Validations?  Each year users will be required to re-take the Hunter and Range Safety Briefing through the user account for the Safety Brief Validation.  User will be required to re-submit the Fort Bliss Weapons Registration Form to the Fort Bliss Visitor Control Center (VCC) to renew an expired VCC Validation.  Details available below under Step 3.

New Users please see below for the Steps to obtain a Fort Bliss Hunting and Recreation Access Permit.

2021/2022 GMU 28 (McGregor Range) Hunts
Application Deadline has now passed!

For more information visit the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish website (click here)

All Big Game Hunt licenses (antelope, barbary sheep, deer, elk, javelina and oryx) for McGregor Range are issued exclusively through the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF).

NMDGF usually emails your results. You can check the results of your application online by clicking on the following link:, checking your account directly by clicking on “My Purchases” after logging in, by calling the NMDGF at 1-888-248-6866, or by visiting any NMDGF office locations. 

Steps to obtain a Fort Bliss Hunting and Recreation Access Permit:

Step 1:   Create Your iSportsman Account

If you do not already have an iSportsman account then register in iSportsman by clicking the “Account Login” tab, and select “New Users Registration” to complete the registration form and submit.

  • Minors (under 18 years of age) are required to obtain a Youth Access Permit, which does not require the completion of the Fort Bliss Firearms Registration form.Complete step 1 (iSportsman registration) and skip to Step 3 (Safety Brief).Youth Access Permits are restricted from check-in access, please visit the Permits Info tab for specific details.

Step 2:   Review the Fort Bliss Hunter and Range Safety Brief

Log into your iSportsman account and under the “My Safety Briefs” tab, select the Hunter and Range Safety Briefing.

  • All adults and minors are required to take the Safety Brief video and pass the quiz.
  • Safety Briefing Validations expire 31March of each year.  Users are required to take the Hunter and Range Safety Briefing each year in order to acquire a Fort Bliss Access Permit.

Step 3:   Clear all Validations (aka Holds) on Your Account

All adults (18 years and older) must complete and submit the Fort Bliss Firearms Registration form,FB FORM 0023-R2-E.  ALL ADULTS REGARDLESS OF PERMIT TYPE (i.e. HUNTING OR RECREATION) MUST SUBMIT THE FORM TO THE FORT BLISS VCC.  Recreation-only users will leave the firearms information blank, fill in personal information and submit to VCC.

  • Submitting the Fort Bliss Firearms Registration Form:
    • Email-  All users can sign (ink or digital) and send an email with the completed form to:


      The email can be delivered encrypted (DoD CAC holders) or not encrypted.  Once the VCC has processed your form, they will send back an encrypted message with your firearms permit.  Direct all questions regarding the encrypted email delivery of this form to the Buffalo Soldier Visitor Control Center (VCC) by calling (915) 568-3215.  Allow up to 72 hours for the VCC to process your request.

    • In-Person-  All users can sign (ink or digital), print and hand deliver the completed form to the Buffalo Soldier VCC located at: 5400 Buffalo Soldier Rd (915) 568-3215, open 24 hours / 7 days a week


Firearms Registration Forms will only be processed weekdays during the hours of 0500-2100

The VCC will issue your Fort Bliss iSportsman account validations after they process your Firearms Registration form. 
Validations are valid for three (3) years for all active duty military members and one (1) year for all civilians.

Step 4:   Purchase Desired Access Permits

Click on “Acquire Permit(s)” on the homepage of your iSportsman account.  Add permit(s) to the shopping cart and purchase permits (no cost at this time).  After successfully purchasing permits, your permit #, a list of active permits and the option to “Print Permit” will all appear on the homepage of your iSportsman account.  Fort Bliss Access Permits are valid for up to one (1) year (all Access Permits expire 31March of each year).