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.
Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed
New! 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
Special Trout Waters
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.