New Mexico GFC Will Consider Earlier Application Deadlines

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Earlier big-game license application deadlines, elimination of the every-other-year application restriction for antelope and some deer and elk hunts, and a request to transplant wild turkeys to Sandia Pueblo are among proposals the State Game Commission will consider Thursday, Dec. 3, at its meeting in Hobbs.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in multi-purpose room 111-114 of Bob Moran Hall of New Mexico Junior College, 5317 Lovington Highway, in Hobbs. 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 is proposing moving the application deadline for deer, elk, antelope, ibex, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep and javelina licenses from early April to mid-March. Earlier applications would allow the Department to conduct the drawing in time for resident hunters to purchase discount licenses such as a general hunting and fishing license for the April1-March 31 license year.

Other agenda items include:

  • * Proposals to eliminate or modify the every-other-year application restriction on "Quality" or "High Demand" deer and elk licenses. Modification options include exemptions to the every-other-year restriction for youth hunts, some private-land-only hunts, and public-land hunts that were unfilled or purchased via the secondary sale after the drawing.
  • * A request by Sandia Pueblo to transfer 30 state-owned wild turkeys to Pueblo land so the Pueblo can implement a turkey management program.
  • * Proposals to require trapping license holders to submit a harvest report to be eligible to purchase a trapping license the following year, and to require trappers to purchase licenses only at Department offices or on the Department Web site.
  • * Several proposed changes to the state's fishing rules, including banning the use of felt-soled waders in waters statewide, allowing anglers to take one tiger muskie, and reducing the bag limit of striped bass at Elephant Butte Lake from three to two.
  • * Discussion of recent boundary changes between Game Management Units 5B and 51 and how they are affecting deer management objectives for the area.
  • 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, Albuquerque; Vice-chairwoman Sandy Buffett, Santa Fe; M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Silver City; Alfredo Montoya, Alcalde; Leo Sims, Hobbs; Tom Arvas, Albuquerque; and Kent Salazar, Albuquerque.

    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.