Public Comment

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.

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Attorney General's Memorandum: Access To Public Waters On Private Property

Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Non-Navigable Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, dgf-Non-NavigableRule@state.nm.us. Only those emails sent to this address will be considered as part of the official record.

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Trapping and Furbearer rule. Proposed changes will include: mandatory trapper education, area closures, increased setback distances, and making the Trapping and Furbearer rule a four-year rule.

Manner and Method Rule 19.31.10 NMAC Amendment

Notice of Rule Making Trapping and Furbearer Rule 19.32.2 NMAC

Summary Proposed Changes Trapping and Furbearer Rule

Technical Information Trapping and Furbearer Rule 19.32.2 NMAC Part-1

Technical Information Trapping and Furbearer Rule 19.32.2 NMAC Part-2

Trapping and Furbearer Rule 19.32.2 NMAC Clean Copy

Trapping and Furbearer Rule 19.32.2 NMAC Strikethrough

To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:

  • Raton: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Rd, Raton.
  • Roswell: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard, Roswell.
  • Las Cruces: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive, Las Cruces.
  • Albuquerque: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Rd NW, Albuquerque.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Furbearer Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, dgf-furbearer-rules@state.nm.us or in person at one of the meetings to be held across the state. Only those emails sent to the above address will be considered as part of the official record.

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Game and Fish Licenses/Permits rule. Proposed changes will include: clarifying requirements for returning carcass tags monthly during the license year and at the end of the license year, reducing penalties for failure to return carcass tags and eliminating the requirement for immediate suspension, reorganizing the rule to clarify financial obligations to the Department and eligibility and application requirements, clarifying the Director’s authority to specify that requiring a surety bond may be required under certain circumstances and clarifying the conditions and requirements for vendors to request a hearing to challenge the Director’s determinations.

Game and Fish Licenses and Permits NMAC 19.30.9 Clean Copy

Game and Fish Licenses and Permits NMAC 19.30.9 Strikethrough

Game and Fish Licenses and Permits NMAC 19.30.9 Summary of Proposed Changes

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Licensing, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, chad.nelson@state.nm.us. Only those emails sent to this address will be considered as part of the official record.

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the proposed new Fair Chase rule. This rule is being written following passage of SB 383 which was signed by the Governor in 2019, and serves to prevent the inappropriate distribution of wildlife location data that could be used locate an individual animal.

Fair Chase Rule 19.30.18 NMAC Clean Copy

Fair Chase Rule Proposal Summary 2020 (Updated 12-02-2019)

Notice of Rule Making Fair Chase Rule (Updated 12-05-2019)

Technical information used to develop this rule:

HB0006 WY

RCW 42.56.430

SB0383 NM

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Elise Goldstein, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, Elise.Goldstein@state.nm.us. Only those emails sent to this address will be considered as part of the official record.

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.

Rule Development Process

Rule Procedures 19.30.17 NMAC

Rule Process and Development Information (Revision 10-12-2017)

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.