Expect Roadblocks Statewide in New Mexico During Hunting Seasons

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

Conservation officers also will check for compliance with the registration requirements and safety provisions of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Act, and 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, hunters 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.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  I have nothing to hide and

 

I have nothing to hide and expect these check stations will only do what they are set up to do - catch those poachers and other persons with illegal situations.  I have gone through many other check stations while within New Mexico and Arizona.  Thank you NM and AZ for your efforts.

 

numbnutz's picture

I can see how these check

I can see how these check stations can be a good thing. I see it more good to bust the law breakers. There are better ways to collect the data need by the biologist but if this is how they want to do it than good for them. In Oregon they stopped doing the road check station a few years ago. Now we have to mail a tooth in from the Blacktail deer we harvest. The last time I saw a check station here was about 4 or 5 years ago but it was a volentary check point. I remeber when i was 6 or 7 we stopped at one on our way out of our hunt area and my dad checked the doe he shot that day. There were also a few other hunters there as well that had some fine bucks. That was very cool to me seeing the big bucks hanging from a scale seeing how much they weighed and how many points. good luck to all the hunters, be safe and fallow the rules and you should stay out of trouble.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

The only time I have come

The only time I have come across this out west was in Utah, when I was coming home from a mule deer hunt about 10 years ago.  And, that really wasn't much of a roadblock, as it was a pull off where you were required to stop to have your deer checked.

As the others said, it's a good thing.  Back east, it's a common thing in most states to actually have your deer or other game checked by a biologist, or at least someone authorized to take the information.  The local gas station in my hometown in Vermont is a weigh station, and you must report there with your deer, or to one of the other 25 or so check stations in the state.  It's actually a fun event the first couple of days, hanging out at the check station when you are not in the woods, checking out the other deer that were shot, shooting the bull with other hunters.  Add a cup of coffee, and all's good Wink

It's only going to help the animal populations in the state.  The amount of information they will gather from the elk, deer, etc., is valuable in managing those species on a state wide level.

SGM's picture

To me this is a good thing. I

To me this is a good thing. I never mind being stopped by the game folks, usually it is quick and painless as long as you stick to the rules/laws. Have not seen one in Colorado for many years which is sad. Have been stopped twice in Colorado, many years ago and once in Wyoming chasing goats. Each time they checked the license, any game we had, asked a few questions and we were done. took about 5-10 minutes at the most. Nothing to fear by them if your within the law.

hunter25's picture

I have heard of roadblocks

I have heard of roadblocks being set up in Colorado and Wyoming during the hunting season for exactley the same reasons given here. But I have to say that with all the hunting I do I have never yet run into one of them. I have been going to Wyoming since 05 every year and have yet to see this happen. I have no problem with it at all and maybe it will be just enough of a deterrent to keep some of the less ethical guys out there in line.