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New Mexico Bear Season Open?

I went to the the new mexico game and fish website and i saw that bear season is open in all units starting yesterday. Since when has every unit been open for spring bear?

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Is this an late april fools

Is this an late april fools joke? Big smile

Where on the page did you see this?  Can you send a link? 

I heard they expanded the quotas and therefore extended the season on bear last year, but I am fairly sure the season it did not run into spring.  The antis eliminated the spring bear season a while back. The only spring bear hunt I am aware of is in Valle Vidal and it is a draw hunt with 20 permits issued. 

I would love to see a spring bear season in NM, but I doubt it will ever happen. 

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all the zones are open

I called the hotline and all it said was all zones are open, but does that mean the season is open also? http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recreation/hunting/harvest/documents/040114-bear-harvest-update-NMDGF-2.pdf

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If you look on page 110 of

If you look on page 110 of the RIB it has the dates of the OTC seasons for each zone.  Most zones start in August or September and run until Novemeber. 

They restrict the use of dogs during the Deer and Elk archery season so as not to spook those game animal when people are trying to get close to them. 

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I always hunt the OTC season,

I always hunt the OTC season, but in years past the zones never said open untill August. So that is why i am confused why the zones now say open

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A lot of changes lately at

A lot of changes lately at G&F, someone probably made a mistake posting it early or omitting the season dates. 

Depending on what units I get drawn for I may get a bear tag this year Big smile

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