New Mexico Hunting News

Deer Draw Applicants Must Pay Fee With Application
Hunters who apply for 2003 deer draw hunts will have until April 26, 2003 to apply and must include their license fees with their applications. The State Game Commission approved the change at its meeting Dec.6 in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad Game Commission Meeting on December 6th
The 2003-2005 Big Game Rule recommendations will be open for consideration of amendment at the State Game Commission meeting in Carlsbad Dec. 6. The meeting is scheduled 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Best Western Motel Stevens Inn, 1829 S. Canal.
Chronic Wasting Disease Testing Continues
The Department of Game and Fish has found no Chronic Wasting Disease in the 178 deer and elk tested so far this fall. Testing will continue through the remaining deer seasons, which conclude in January. The only location in New Mexico known to have CWD is Unit 19, the White Sands Missile Range. A deer from there tested positive in June.
$1000 Reward for Fort Bayard Poaching Information
The Department of Game and Fish is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in the illegal killing of six elk near Fort Bayard. Five of the six animals were left in the field to waste. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7, 2002. Officers wish to speak with individuals who were seen leaving the area shortly after the incident in a gold or gray Toyota Tundra.
Possible New Bighorn State Record
Two Wheeler Peak bighorn sheep hunters may have brought home a state record trophy from their September once-in-a-lifetime hunts. Rick Hooley of Navajo Dam and Jennifer Chapel of Quemado braved snow, fog, sleet, rain and raiding bears to take rams with green scores of 192.5 and 192 3/8, respectively. The current New Mexico Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep record is 190 5/8, taken from the Pecos by Don Wenner in 1996.
Chronic Wasting Disease Testing Stations
Hunters who submit freshly-harvested deer and elk heads this fall for chronic wasting disease testing will be entered in a CWD incentive drawing for an oryx or Valle Vidal elk hunt authorization. Any Game and Fish office or the Glenwood, Seven Springs, Red River, Parkview and Lisboa hatcheries will be open for testing during normal business hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Game and Fish officers will take samples in the field while on patrol, and check stations are scheduled in deer hunt units in the Northwest and Southeast areas. Department staff will test elk heads as well as deer.
Sandia and Manzano Black Bear Hunting Restricted
Effective immediately, hunters may only take one male bear in Big Game Management Units 8 and 14. The State Game Commission voted to end the harvest of all female bears in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains at its Aug. 23 meeting. The Commission further mandated that hunters use dogs in order to tree bears. This should help facilitate hunters in determining the sex of the bear prior to killing it.
Fire Restrictions Lifted on Most Game and Fish Lands
Effective today, emergency fire restrictions have been lifted from Department owned and operated lands. Because of recent summer rains, fire restrictions have been raised. The prohibitions against open fires were set earlier this summer because of extreme fire danger.
Grants Available For Habitat Improvement
The Department of Game and Fish is accepting grant applications until Sept.1, 2002 from landowners for projects that protect and restore habitat on private land. The habitat projects must benefit federal and/or state listed, proposed or candidate species or other species at risk as determined by the state and must be carried out on private land, defined as any non-government-owned land. The money comes from a congressional program approved this year, the Landowner Incentive Program, offering technical and financial assistance for habitat work on private land.
Valles Caldera Elk Raffles Draw 4,700+ Applicants
More than 4,700 applicants purchased raffle tickets for the 2002 bull elk hunts on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The hunt is the first since the federal government purchased the former Baca Ranch two years ago. Raffle tickets sold for $25 each with no limit on the number of tickets each applicant could purchase. Tickets went on sale April 1, 2002 and the deadline for entries was June 29. Antlerless permits for the Valles Caldera were issued through the Department of Game and Fish public draw.