Meeting to Address Proposed Hunting Rules in New Mexico

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Northern New Mexicans will have a chance to make suggestions and comments about proposed changes to the state's big-game hunting and trapping rules at a special public meeting Aug. 31 in Abiquiu.

State Game Commissioner Alfredo Montoya and officials with the Department of Game and Fish will be at the meeting to explain proposed rule changes and wildlife management strategies that will affect the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 hunting seasons. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Rio Arriba County Fairgrounds Rural Event Center, State Road 554, House 122 A, in Abiquiu.

Big-game management goals in north-central New Mexico will be emphasized at the meeting, but suggestions and comments are encouraged for the statewide proposals, which currently are under development. Proposed rule changes include adjustments of season dates and hunting opportunities, new requirements for trappers, and possible modifications to current antler point restrictions for deer and elk.

For more information and a summary of the proposed big-game rules, please visit the Department Web site, .