Deer Draw Applicants Must Pay Fee With Application

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Hunters who apply for 2003 deer draw hunts will have until April 26, 2003 to apply and must include their license fees with their applications. The State Game Commission approved the change at its meeting Dec.6 in Carlsbad.

Deer draw applicants must now wait for the results of the draw before purchasing over-the-counter deer licenses, because it is illegal to hold more than one license for the same big game species in the same license year. Since the license fee is included in the application, a hunter who draws for a deer entry hunt will receive his license in the process. A hunter who buys an over-the-counter deer license and then draws for a deer-entry permit holds two deer licenses and is in violation of the law.

"We certainly don't want this to happen so we are trying to notify license buyers of this change," said Dan Brooks, chief of Law Enforcement for the Department. "This is a significant deviation from the way deer entry hunt licenses have been issued in the past. We can anticipate some problems with this change, but want to make a smooth transition with this new rule."

The draw results for deer, elk, oryx, bighorn and ibex will be available in person at Game and Fish offices and at www.gmfsh.state.us by June 13, 2003 and by telephone after June 27, 2003. Hunters may contact their local Game and Fish offices for further clarification.

In other actions at the Dec. 6 meeting, the Commission approved a $10 fee for second turkey tags in Game Management Units 54 through 58 during the spring turkey season. There is no second turkey tag in any unit during fall season.

The Commission also added up to 30 oryx population reduction permits on the Dona Ana Live Fire Area of Fort Bliss for Fort Bliss military personnel only and changed the McGregor Range antelope muzzleloader hunt to a rifle hunt.