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.
Carcass Tagging – Proposed Changes To Affected Rules
New! Seeking comments on proposed changes to Hunting and Fishing Manner and Method Rule, Barbary Sheep, Oryx, and Persian Ibex Rule, Deer Rule, Elk Rule, Pronghorn Antelope Rule, Turkey Rule, Bighorn Sheep Rule, Javelina Rule, Game and Fish Licenses/Permit Rule. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or be mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Darrell Cole, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Proposed changes include:
- Will include removing the current language regarding existing tagging requirements
- Adding language that allows for the use of a physical paper carcass tag issued by the Department
- Describes the manner and method in which the issued carcass tag will be affixed to the animal upon harvest.
- The proposed changes also define illegal acts associated with improperly tagging a harvested animal.
- Will establish license vendor financial liability and dollar value owed to the department for unaccounted carcass tags.
Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed
Updated! 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 changes include:
- Modifications to the Special Trout Water program (more details below)
- New Trophy Bass Waters with a reduced daily limit of 2 largemouth bass on Lake Roberts, Bill Evans Lake, and Clayton Lake with bow and spear fishing restrictions
- Lifting catch-and-release only designation at Brantley Lake
- Adding Alumni Pond, Corona Pond, Estancia Pond, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Ponds, Roswell Kids Ponds, and Rio Grande below Elephant Butte as winter trout waters
- Adding Rancho Grande Ponds, Pecos River within Villanueva State Park, and Timberon Ponds as summer catfish waters
Hunting and Fishing License Revocation Changes Proposed
New! Seeking comments on proposed changes to Hunting and Fishing License Revocation Rule. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com or be mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Darrell Cole, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Proposed changes include:
- Include some general formatting to clarify rule language
- Adding and removing different violations in point categories
- Creating new point categories to better fit violation types
- Adding and clarifying language in notice of contemplated action, Parental Responsibility Act, penalty assessment and civil damages.
Guide and Outfitting Changes Proposed
New! Seeking comments on proposed changes to Guide and Outfitter Rule. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or be mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Darrell Cole, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Proposed changes include:
- Clarifying language to general registration procedures and requirements
- Adding language to additional requirements to become a New Mexico Outfitter
- Adding and removing language to outfitter insurance requirements
- Removing additional qualifications for guide registration
- Clarifying language to contract section
- Renaming additional prohibitions section to criminal violations
- Deleting applying in the special draw pool section and moving this section to newly named criminal violations section.
POSTPONED: Trespass Certification: Hunting & Fishing Manner & Method Proposed Changes
The Department has decided to terminate the current rulemaking process of Trespass Certification in section 19.31.10 NMAC. The Department has made a formal request to the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives to add a new Part in rule under: Title 19 Natural Resources and Wildlife, Chapter 31 Hunting and Fishing, to continue at a later rulemaking hearing.
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.
During rule development, the Department will follow a 3-stage process for each RULE at meetings of the State Game Commission:
Initiate: Beginning of rule development, the Department will clarify early ideas for any changes expected/proposed.
Propose: Presentation of proposed rule. The Department will present a basis for the proposed changes.
Final: The Department will use biological and public input to develop a final rule to present to the Commission.