New Mexico GC Considers Hunting Rule Changes June 3rd

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The State Game Commission will consider establishing new rules for the 2011-2014 hunting seasons for turkey, upland game and javelina, and discuss proposals and public comments about the 2011-2014 elk, bighorn sheep, exotic species and waterfowl seasons at its meeting June 3 in Gallup.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Calvin Hall Auditorium, Room 248, of the University of New Mexico Gallup Campus, 200 College Road, in Gallup. The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by calling (505) 476-8008.

The Department of Game and Fish final hunting recommendations for turkey, upland game and javelina follow a public comment period that began in February. Recommendations include opening Lesser Prairie Chicken Wildlife Areas to javelina hunting, eliminating the early grouse season in Unit 45, changing the fall turkey season to Sept. 1-30 for archery and Nov. 1-30 for shotguns, and increasing the statewide spring turkey season bag limit to two turkeys in most areas.

More details about the proposals and the timeline of the Department's three-part approach to establishing hunting rules for the 2011-2014 seasons are available on the Department Web site.

The Commission also will hear a presentation about public comments and development of hunting seasons and rules for elk, bighorn sheep, exotic species, waterfowl and the Open Gate program. The Department's final recommendations on those rules will be presented to the Commission in July. Proposals and public comments for deer, bear, cougar, pronghorn and the A-PLUS program will be posted on the Department Web site in July.

Other agenda items for the June 3 meeting include:

  • * An overview of feral hog management concerns and issues within New Mexico.
  • * A summary of the provisions of House Joint Memorial 56, which asks the Department of Game and Fish to study the consolidation of hunting and fishing licenses and associated stamps.
  • * An update on the Department's Big-game Enhancement habitat projects, which are funded by the sales by auction or raffle of special big-game licenses.
  • * A presentation and discussion of the Department's proposal to modify rules for importation of non-domestic animals, birds and fish into New Mexico.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Jim McClintic, Vice-chairwoman Sandy Buffett, Tom Arvas, Gary Fonay, Kent Salazar, M.H. “Dutch” Salmon, and Thomas "Dick" Salopek.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Sonya Quintana, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.