State Commission to Meet in Albuquerque

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The Big Game Rule for 2005-06 will be open for amendment consideration at the State Game Commission meeting, scheduled 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 18 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12 St. NW in Albuquerque.

The Commission will consider amending the bag limit for deer from one-forked antler deer or larger to one 3X3 buck deer with at least 3 visible points on each side. The amendment is proposed to address population declines and drought impacts on deer.

Additional agenda items to be considered by the Commission include:

… Allowing landowners or their designees to purchase a deer license valid only on their private property in deer entry units 2, 5B, 27, 28, 44, 50, 51, 52 and 53;

… Amending the Big Game Rule to allow Ranch Only landowner participants in the Private Land Elk License Allocation System to extend the 5-day hunt period through Feb. 28, 2005;

… Changing the Fishing Rule on special trout waters below Elephant Butte to add the Grants River Walk pond as a kids fishing water and add Perch Lake to the list of trout waters;

… An appeal by the Red Canyon Ranch on the Department¹s denial of an importation application for captive elk from the Timberline Ranch in Oklahoma due to chronic wasting disease concerns;

… Amending the Private Land Elk License Allocation appeal process to provide Department authority to issue point-restricted bull authorizations upon the review and granting of appeals in Game Management Unit 4;

… Approval for the disposal of fixed assets such as obsolete vehicles;

… Approval of 2005 Habitat Stamp projects and 2006 budget preparation;

… Approval of documentation transferring property at Eagle Nest Lake to the State Parks Division, a Joint Powers Agreement for operation and maintenance of certain facilities and joint law enforcement powers. The Commission also will hear discussions on the following:

… A presentation of the draft waterfowl and small game rules for review and comment, with a summary of potential changes and public input;

… A summary of the Department¹s efforts to reduce bear-human conflicts and the Commission¹s ability to designate areas of the state where bear-proof trash dumpsters may be required;

… The Turner Endangered Species Fund proposal to provide captive-born ferrets free-ranging experience at Vermejo Park Ranch before recapture and release to other areas of the country;

… A new inter-agency agreement with the State Land Office to be negotiated using a market-based approach for hunting, fishing and trapping access fees. The access agreement is subject to renewal in 2005.

A closed executive session is scheduled for the end of the meeting. A detailed agenda is available on the Department¹s web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/. The agenda is subject to change up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date and time as deemed necessary by the chairman.

To inquire about changes to the agenda, call the office of the director, (505) 476-8008. 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, call Shirley Baker, (505) 476-8027. Please call her at least three working days before the set date of the meeting. Public documents, including agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms. Contact Ms. Baker if a summary or other type of accessible form is needed.