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.
Fisheries and Manner & Method
New! Accepting comments for proposed Fisheries and Manner & Method rules – (Special Trout Waters, Gila trout, Kokanee closures, winter trout, and summer catfish waters) – to be presented at the October Game Commission meeting. Comments should be sent to DGF-FisheriesRule@state.nm.us.
Deer, Elk, Javelina Rule
Updated! Accepting comments up to and including the October Game Commission meetings when the proposed rule for deer, elk, and javelina will be presented for approval. Comments should be sent to: Nicole.Quintana@state.nm.us.
Manner and Method – Bow
Administrative Appeals Rule
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.