Proposals Under Consideration
The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
See also Meetings and Agendas for State Game Commission meeting notices, agenda item briefings, and calendar.
How to identify changes that are proposed in draft rules:
- Only sections of the rule which are highlighted are being proposed for changes.
- Underlined sections of draft rule are being proposed as new language.
- Strikethrough sections of draft rule are being proposed to be deleted.
- A clean version of each affected draft rule in proposed final form is also being provided.
Procedural Rule for Public Rule Hearings
New! Department is seeking comments on proposed new part in rule Procedural Rule for Public Rule Hearings. Comments can be emailed to dgf-AdminPublicComment@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Office of the Director, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. BOX 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments are due by January 11, 2018.
The new part in Rule will identify the Department to establish procedural rules for public rule hearings for use by the Commission and the Department of Game and Fish consistent with the State Rules Act, and to facilitate public engagement with the administrative rulemaking process in a transparent, organized, and fair manner. This is a result from new language in statute Section 14-4-5.8 NMSA 1978.
Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed
Updated 11-22-2017. Seeking comments on proposed changes to the Fisheries Rule and Manner and Method Rule. Comments can be sent to DGF-FisheriesRule@state.nm.us.
Proposed amendments to 19.31.4 NMAC include:
- Change language in Item (ii), Subparagraph (a), Paragraph 4, Subsection A of 220.127.116.11 NMAC to add a 2.5 mile portion of the Rio de Los Pinos from the USFS Boundary 24 at the junction of Forest Road 284 and 87A upstream to the private property boundary; The stretch of river is being added to the Special Trout Water list with a two trout limit and tackle restrictions. Regulations on this stretch are unchanged from previous years.
- Change in language in Item (ii), Subparagraph (a), Paragraph (4), Subsection A of 18.104.22.168 NMAC to add a portion of the Rio Grande from the New Mexico/Colorado border to the Taos Junction Bridge. The stretch of river is being added to the Special Trout Water list with a two trout limit and no tackle restrictions. This change represents a reduction in bag limit from 3 trout to 2 trout to protect the fishery resource and improve consistency of regulations.
Landowner Certification of Non-Navigable Water
New! Proposed New Part in Rule (clean version only)
Seeking comments on proposed new part in rule Landowner Certification of Non-Navigable Water. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com or be mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Office of the Director, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments are due by December 19, 2017. Proposed changes include:
The new Part in rule will identify language for the Department to establish a formal certification process by which landowners can submit to the department an application which will recognize certain segments of waters found on private property as non-navigable waters and therefore trespass is not lawful unless prior written permission is received from the landowner.
Alternative Pronghorn Hunt Management
Seeking comments on proposed changes to affected rules for alternative pronghorn hunt management. Comments can be e-mailed to: Nicole.Quintana@state.nm.us or be mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Nicole Quintana, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
Rule Development Process
The Department revises rules for hunting game every 4 years and migratory game birds (waterfowl) each year. Involving hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts is invaluable during the review to ensure that their perspectives help influence hunting seasons and license numbers for the next four years. As the process develops, proposed adjustments to the various rules will be available for public review. The State Game Commission, when finalizing the rules later this year, will consider all public comments, harvest and survey data, as well as biological information on population sustainability and management goals.