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.


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The Lincoln National Forest has implemented a forest-wide closure order, prohibiting public access across the entire 1.1 million-acre forest due to active wildfires in the state and extreme fire danger. The closure order will remain in effect until July 30, 2022, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Training Area 33 on McGregor Range will remain CLOSED to all hunting and recreational activities on Fort Bliss as long as the closure order is in effect.

All National Forest System lands, recreation sites, campgrounds, roads, trails, and trailheads within the boundary of the Lincoln National Forest will be closed to the general public.  Forest managers consider several factors before implementing fire restrictions or forest closures, including current fire danger and fire activity, local, regional and national fire preparedness levels, expected weather conditions, availability of firefighting resources, and the economic impacts to businesses and communities. The Lincoln National Forest coordinates fire restrictions and forest closures with federal, state, tribal and local partners.


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Access Permits are required to check-in through iSportsman prior to accessing the Fort Bliss Training Center for any hunting or recreational activity.


Requirements to acquire the 2022 Fort Bliss Access Permits include:

  • View the Hunter & Range Safety Briefing and complete the safety quiz 
  • Possess a VALID Fort Bliss Visitor Control Center (VCC) Validation obtained after submitting a Fort Bliss Firearms Registration Form.  Access Permits will become invalid once the VCC Validation expires.

Access Permits will not be available on user accounts until all requirements mentioned above are met.


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2022/2023 GMU 28 (McGregor Range) Hunts
Draw Application Now Closed! 
Deadline to apply for 2022 Draw Licenses for Barbary sheep, deer, elk, javelina, pronghorn and oryx was March 16, 2022.

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).

 

2022/2023 Fort Bliss McGregor Range Hunt Schedule (Hunt Code):

  • Pronghorn Antelope        September 3-4, 2022 (ANT-3-154/155)
  • ​Elk                                      December 10-14, 2022 (ELK-1-361/362)
  • Mule Deer                          December 17-18, 2022 (DER-1-277/278)
  • Oryx                                   December 17-18, 2022 (ORX-1-224/225)
  • Barbary Sheep                  December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023 (BBY-1-110/111)
  • Javelina                             December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023 (JAV-1-105/106)
  • Oryx                                   January 7-8, 2023 (ORX-1-226/227)

 

Big game draw results availbale on April 27, 2022.  NMDGF usually emails your results. You can check the results of your application online by clicking on the following link: https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/public/lucky-lookup, 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:

                        usarmy.bliss.imcom-central.mbx.weapons-registration@army.mil


      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).