New Mexico Hunting News

Northeast Area Big Game Meetings Planned
The Northeast Area of the Department of Game and Fish is planning open house meetings to discuss the proposed changes to the big game hunting seasons for 2003-2004. Michael Catanach, Northeast Area game manager, said the meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the City Commission Chambers in Las Vegas, N.M., and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Department?s Raton office, 215 York Canyon Blvd.
Desert Bighorns To Be Exchanged
About 30 desert bighorn sheep will be moved to the San Andres Wildlife Refuge this fall in a one-to-one exchange with Arizona for New Mexico's Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The New Mexico State Game Commission approved the transfer of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep to Arizona at its June 21 meeting in Ruidoso. The exchange is part of the Department's effort to improve desert bighorn populations here, which are state-listed as endangered. The exchange also was approved by the Arizona State Game Commission.
Deer Tests Positive for CWD at White Sands
A mule deer collected from the White Sands Missile Range has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease and the director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish declared an Animal Health Emergency Tuesday, closing the state to any importation of deer or elk. This is the first positive test for CWD in the state of New Mexico. CWD has been more commonly found on or near game farms, although there are no such facilities near White Sands Missile Range.
Errors Found in 02-03 Big Game Rules
The recently distributed Big Game Rules and Information Booklet (RIB) contains errors. The fee for Ibex for residents of New Mexico is $69.00 not $63.00 as listed on Form3 page 59. Some hunts are mistakenly listed as High Demand and should be Standard fee hunts. Nonresident hunters applying for High Demand hunts must pay a higher fee.
Illegal Wildlife Activities Investigation Leads to Arrests
A two-year, cooperative investigation by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and New Mexico Game and Fish into the illegal sale of wildlife and the commercial trafficking of trophy heads and antlers led to the execution of a search warrant on February 4th at an Estes Park taxidermy shop. Division officers seized several trophy bighorn sheep, elk, deer, a bear cub and a computer, documents and records. Investigators are also looking into the possible unlawful sale of firearms and other items.
No CWD in Elk
No evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease was found in 15 elk killed on a Class Park in southwestern New Mexico. The Department of Game and Fish killed the animals for testing because three bull elk there were imported from a facility in Colorado which has tested positive for CWD. New Mexico is still CWD free.
Black Bear Scratches Elk Hunter
An elk hunter camping on the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest was scratched by a black bear in the early morning hours of Nov. 3. The hunter's nose required several stitches when he was treated at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos.