New Mexico Hunting News

One New Case of CWD Confirmed
One more deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in New Mexico to seven deer. Colorado Veterinary Services sent confirmation of the disease to the Department of Game and Fish Feb. 2 after testing a sample from a dead female deer found at White Sands Missile Range.
Two Bighorns Break Records
Two Rocky Mountain bighorn rams from New Mexico broke records and won awards at the national convention of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS) in Reno, Nevada. Both rams were harvested in 2003.
Elk Poaching Costs Laguna Man $2,000
A Laguna man paid $2,000 in fines last week as a result of an elk-poaching incident that occurred in early November. Alfred J. Marquez, 30, plead guilty Jan. 8 before Judge Jackie Fisher of Cibola County Magistrate Court to illegal killing and illegal possession of an elk. He was fined $1,000 on each count and civil charges may be filed as well.
Mule Deer Raffle Tickets Available in Mid-February
The Mule Deer Foundation's Farmington chapter will begin selling raffle tickets for one New Mexico mule deer license authorization beginning mid-February. The chapter administers the raffle ticket sales for the Department of Game and Fish and begins selling them during the Mule Deer Foundation's national convention Feb. 13-15 in Reno, Nev.
Habitat Stamp Program Update
The New Mexico Habitat Stamp program has improved more than 348,245 acres of habitat on public lands during its 17-year existence. The program has grown to an annual budget of $1.4 million with the support of hunters and anglers, who must purchase a $5 habitat stamp each year to participate in their sports on federal lands.
Elk and Antelope Landowner Sign-up Due Feb. 1
The Department of Game and Fish strongly recommends that landowners interested in applying for the elk and antelope Landowner Signup System submit completed signup packets in December. This will allow time for staff to review applications and for landowners to provide any missing documents before the Feb. 1, 2004 deadline.
Roadblock Nabs Elk Poachers
Three Louisiana men paid a total of $1,995 in Eddy County Magistrate Court Nov. 17 for failure to provide proof of sex and other game law violations, following a routine roadblock investigation near Hope Nov. 16. Bobby Diddon, 66; his son, Daniel Diddon, 44; and William Chambliss, 21, all of Kentwood, La., pleaded no contest to the charges before Judge Larry E. Wood.
Valles Caldera Elk Licensing Enhanced
Elk hunting licenses for the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be issued through New Mexico's public big game drawing in 2004, the State Game Commission decided Nov. 13 at a meeting in Albuquerque.
Bear Collar Collars More Than Just Bears
Sometimes you just get fed up. Officers of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, frustrated by several recent burglaries at their Albuquerque office, devised a new use for an old bear collar. After two break-ins in the last two months, officers came up with a plan to help New Mexico State Police catch the thieves.
Antelope Poachers Pay $2,740 in Four-Wheeler Chase
Two Artesia men were fined a total of $2,740 in fines, court costs and civil damages Oct. 29 for charges stemming from the illegal killing and chasing of antelope on four-wheelers in August.