New Mexico Hunting News

Game Commission to Consider Changes to Valles Caldera Elk License Process
The Commission will consider allocating all elk licenses on the Valles Caldera National Preserve through the public draw, incorporating the non-resident and resident quotas and requiring applicants to obtain an access agreement before applying. A proposal requiring that social security numbers be included on all license applications also will be considered by the Commission.
Deer and Elk Importation Banned
The director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish modified a complete ban against importing elk and other cervids into the state, the agency announced Friday. New Mexico's regulations will not allow the importation of animals from any area where CWD has been found in the past 60 months.
Amendments to Big Game Rules Considered Oct. 22
Amendments to the big game rules regarding bear, bighorn sheep, deer and Valles Caldera elk permits will be open for consideration at the State Game Commission meeting, scheduled at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW in Albuquerque.
Sheep Dogs Help Round Up Wild Bighorns
A couple of trained border collies helped save the day for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish bighorn sheep trap in the Pecos Wilderness last week.
CWD Incentive License Winners
Michael Salmon of Albuquerque and Douglas Grant of Easley, S.C., are extremely lucky hunters. Last fall they had their deer or elk heads tested for Chronic Wasting Disease and this fall they were rewarded for participating.
Voluntary CWD Testing Offers License Draw Opportunity
Hunters who provide deer and elk heads for chronic wasting disease testing this year will be entered in a drawing for either one Valle Vidal elk license or one oryx license authorization for 2004-2005. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will collect tissue samples from deer and elk heads for voluntary CWD testing at a number of locations statewide.
Off-Road Vehicle Use Prohibited in Four Counties on BLM Land
It is unlawful to drive off of an established road for any purpose on Bureau of Land Management property in Do–a Ana, Luna, Hidalgo and Grant counties.
Private Land Ranch-Only Elk Hunt Season Extended
Ranch-only elk hunts on private lands have been extended until Feb. 28, 2004, except in Game Management Unit 4, to help reduce elk depredation on private lands. The State Game Commission extended the date at its Aug. 20 meeting in Santa Fe, following a request by the Department of Game and Fish. The new date extends the season for private land ranch-only permits statewide by 28 days, although no additional permits will be issued.
Coyote Control Takes a Back Burner
The Department of Game and Fish will discontinue coyote removal activities this spring except in situations where the program can demonstrate positive cost benefits. The State Game Commmission provided that directive to the Department after hearing an update on the program, which indicated deer populations had not significantly improved in those areas subject to coyote control.
Man Found Guilty of Illegal Oryx Hunting
A Santa Fe man will pay $2,102 and may be permanently banned from entering White Sands Missile Range as a result of convictions for illegal oryx hunting at the range.