Public Comment

The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
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Updated 03-27-2020

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Migratory Game Bird rule.

The Department is proposing small changes in migratory game bird hunting, including incorporating Federal recommendations on migratory bird seasons and adjusting season dates for calendar dates.

2020-2021 Migratory Bird Rule Presentation

Summary Proposed Changes Migratory Game Bird 19.31.16 NMAC

To gather public comments, one public meeting will be conducted via conference call. The phone number is 800-747-5150, with the access code 4499417.

  • Mar. 31 , 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Presentation slides will be posted to this page prior to the meetings so attendees can follow along. If you do not have access to the website to view the presentation, please contact or 505-470-8947 to make arrangements to acquire a copy of the presentation.

The proposals are available above. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Migratory Game Bird Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, or via the phone at the meeting listed above.

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.