Expect Roadblocks Statewide, New Mexico During Hunting, Fishing Seasons

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The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during spring and fall hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to apprehend wildlife law violators.

New Mexico’s fishing season unofficially opens April 1, when new licenses are required. Spring turkey season opens April 15.

At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with provisions of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Act and the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forestry Conservation Act.

Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff's departments. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.

To report a wildlife-law violation, please contact your local Department of Game and Fish conservation officer or call the toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed.