Public Comment

The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
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The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 NMAC.

Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 NMAC Clean Copy

Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 NMAC Strikethrough

Notice of Proposed Rule Making Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 NMAC

Summary of Proposed Changes to Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 NMAC

Interested persons may submit comments on the proposed changes to the Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application rule at specialhunts@state.nm.us; or individuals may submit written comments to the physical address ATTN: Licensing, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 2, 2020.

The Department is proposing to amend the Hunter Education Rule, 19.36.3 NMAC. Below is a summary of proposed changes, the presentation provided to the State Game Commission during the August meeting, the technical guidance and proposed changes to the rule.

Draft 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule Underline Strikethrough (Updated 10-28-2020)

Notice of Proposed Rule Making Hunter Education Rule 19.36.3 NMAC

Notice of Proposed Rule Making Hunter Education Rule 19.36.3 NMAC (Update 10-27-2020)

Presentation 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule

Proposed Changes 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule (Updated 10-28-2020)

Technical Guidance 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled two public meetings on proposed revisions to the Hunter Education Rule 19.36.3 NMAC. A short presentation providing details of the proposed revisions will be given. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session where members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and provide input. Members of the public are invited to attend one or both of these meetings (to be held virtually) to become familiar with the rule and the proposed revisions:

  • September 24 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 29 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the Department webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments are due by 8:00 a.m. on December 2, 2020. The final proposed rule will be voted on by the Commission during a virtual public meeting on December 3, 2020. Interested persons may also provide data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, at the virtual public rule hearing to be held on December 3, 2020. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Hunter Education Rule Amendments, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507; or by email, lance.cherry@state.nm.us.

The Department is proposing to amend the Importation Rule, 19.35.7 NMAC. Below is a summary of proposed changes, a copy of the State Game Commission presentation from August, and proposed changes to the rule.

Draft Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC Underline Strikethrough

Presentation Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC

Proposed Changes Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC

  • September 23, 2020 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 30, 2020 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the Department webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Importation Rule Amendments, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, dgf-importation.rule@state.nm.us.

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC (Habitat Stamp Program Rule).

SGC Presentation Public Land User Stamp Rule

Summary Proposed Changes Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC (Updated 10-23-2020)

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled three public meetings on proposed revisions to the Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC (Habitat Stamp Program Rule). A short presentation providing background information about the Habitat Stamp Program and details of the proposed revisions will be given. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session where members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and provide input. Members of the public are invited to attend one or both of these meetings (to be held virtually) in order to become familiar with the program and the proposed revisions:

  • September 10th at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 28th at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • November 5th at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the NMDGF webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Habitat Stamp Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, dgf-habitat-stamp-rule@state.nm.us.

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.