New Mexico Hunting News

License Fees May Be Going Up
Increasing license fees in the not too distant future will be necessary if the Department of Game and Fish is to maintain services at the current level, the State Game Commission was told during its April meeting.
Wolves To Be Released in Gila Wilderness
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are scheduled to release a pair of Mexican wolves into the Gila Wilderness today, bringing New Mexico's total population of wolves to approximately eight animals.
Desert Bighorn Public Meeting Planned for Mid-April
The Department of Game and Fish will present information on desert bighorn sheep and identify individuals to serve on the Recovery Plan Advisory Committee at a series of public information meetings scheduled in April. Desert bighorn sheep are endangered in New Mexico. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
Two Men Charged With Poaching
Poaching charges were filed against two Eddy County residents after an Operation Game Thief call on Feb. 23 reported two men were shooting at a herd of deer. Jerry Carrasco, 24, of Loving and Juan Olivas, 33, of Malaga were charged in Eddy County Magistrate Court on Feb. 28 with attempting to take deer during a closed season.
Comments Sought on Guide/Outfitter Rules
The Department of Game and Fish will accept public comments until April 18 on a proposed amendment to the Guide and Outfitter Rule 19.30.8 NMAC. The amendment will make registration requirements for guides consistent with Section 17-2A-3-C NMSA 1978 and apply similar consideration for becoming a registered guide or outfitter.
Couple Pays $1,102 For Possession of Barbary Sheep
A couple from Artesia pleaded guilty to illegal possession of big game Jan. 21 in Chaves County Magistrate Court in response to charges filed by Game and Fish Officer Andy Gray. Gray found a Barbary sheep in the back of their truck during the late November deer hunt near Roswell.
More CWD Found at White Sands Missile Range
Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in three more mule deer from White Sands Missile Range, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced Tuesday, Feb. 4.
BigHorn Sheep Tag Auctioned For $130,000
A California contractor won a New Mexico bighorn sheep license Jan. 24, with his $130,000 bid - the third highest bid offered at the annual auction of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. Daniel Smith III of San Jose, Calif., won the license at the organization's conference in Reno, Nev. The two highest bids were $200,000 for a bighorn license in Alberta, Canada, and $132,500 for a Montana license.
Oryx Hunting App Deadline Approaching
The deadline to apply for New Mexico's oryx hunting licenses and population reduction/depredation hunts for deer, elk, antelope, javelina and oryx is Feb. 1, 2003. The deadline also applies to bear entry permits for some state-owned wildlife management areas and public-land spring turkey hunts on the Valle Vidal and Game Management Unit 2. Hunters may apply for these hunts on Form 2003, available at about 230 license vendors statewide, Game and Fish offices and at www.gmfsh.state.nm.us. Draw permits for bear hunts are available in the Sargent, Humphries, E.S. Barker and Colin Neblett wildlife management areas. Dogs may not be used for these hunts.
Court Affirms Game Commission's Cougar Regulations
Regulations allowing year round cougar hunting by private landowners or their employees, and a two-cougar bag limit in southern bighorn sheep country were upheld in district court on Dec. 6, 2002. In response to a Writ of Certiorari filed by Animal Protection of New Mexico Inc. (APNM), the court ruled that the State Game Commission acted appropriately and within its jurisdiction during the regulation process for setting cougar season dates and bag limits.