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 revisions to the Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application rule. Proposed changes will include: requiring military documents for military-only hunts and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veteran oryx hunts prior to application, adding application requirements for Sandhill crane and pheasant draw hunts, removing provisions to avoid conflict with or duplication of existing rules and adding a comprehensive list of license, permit and stamp requirements.

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

Summary of Proposed Changes Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3

Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 Strikethrough

Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Application Rule 19.31.3 Clean Copy

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, specialhunts@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.

Summary Proposed Changes Trapping and Furbearer Rule

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 revisions to the Bear and Cougar rule. Proposed changes will include: no longer allowing trapping as a method of sport harvest for cougars, and aligning harvest limits with recent biological data.

Bear and Cougar Rule 19.31.11 NMAC Clean Copy

Bear and Cougar Rule 19.31.11 NMAC Strikethrough

Notice of Rule Making Bear and Cougar (Updated 10-15-2019)

Summary Proposed Changes Bear and Cougar 19.31.11 NMAC (Updated 9-27-2019)

Technical Info Bear and Cougar Rule 2020-2024

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

  • Raton: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road
  • Albuquerque: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW
  • Las Cruces: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive
  • Roswell: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Bear and Cougar Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email to DGF-Bear-Cougar-Rules@state.nm.us or in person at one of the meetings listed above. Only those emails sent to the above 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.