New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Lance Cherry, (505) 476-8003
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 2, 2015:
COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE LAND-SWAP HUNTING ACCESS AGREEMENTS
The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments about agreements that would open some private lands to public hunting in exchange for closing some areas of State Trust land.
A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. March 25 at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Mountainair, where representatives from the department and the State Land Office will hear comments and answer questions. All comments received will be forwarded to the Department of Game and Fish Director and the State Land Commissioner.
The “unitization” agreements among the State Land Office, the department and several landowners are designed to benefit sportsmen and landowners. Under the agreements, some areas of State Trust land would be treated as private property and would be closed to hunting. The private lands covered under the agreements then would be open to public hunters.
Unitization agreements give hunters access to private land while providing landowners greater flexibility in maintaining ranching operations on often-landlocked State Trust lands. The agreements must be reviewed and renewed annually.
The following ranches have been proposed for unitization agreements in southeastern New Mexico:
|Ranch Name||Game Management Unit(s)||County|
|I Bar X||36||Lincoln|
|L Bar and Pentosa||38||Lincoln|