Proposals Under Consideration

Proposals Under Consideration2018-10-16T16:28:32+00:00

Public Comment

The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
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Seeking comments on proposed changes to the manner and method rule. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Field Operations Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-fieldopscomments@state.nm.us before Oct. 18, or in person at one of the meetings listed below.

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

  • Las Cruces: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.
  • Roswell: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
  • Raton: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road.

Manner and Method Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.10 NMAC Summary (Updated 10-10-18)

Manner and Method Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.10 NMAC Underline Strikethrough Version (Updated 10-10-18)

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the revocation rule. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Field Operations Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-fieldopscomments@state.nm.us before Oct. 18, or in person at one of the meetings listed below.

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

  • Albuquerque: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.
  • Roswell: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
  • Raton: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road.

Revocation Proposed Rule Changes 19-31-2 NMAC Summary

Revocation Proposed Rule Changes 19-31-2 NMAC Underline Strikethrough Version

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the licenses and application rule. Comments can be e-mailed to: specialhunts@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Licensing Section, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 30, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

Licenses and Applications Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.3 NMAC Summary (Updated 10-15-2018)

Licenses and Applications Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.3 NMAC Underline Strikethrough

Licenses and Applications Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.3 NMAC Clean Copy

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the private land elk license allocation (E-PLUS) rule. Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: E-PLUS Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 30, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

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

  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive
  • Santa Fe (location updated): 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE

Notice of Rule Making Private Land Elk Allocation Rule 19.30.5 NMAC

EPLUS Proposed Rule Changes 19.30.5 NMAC Presentation (Updated 08-27-18)

EPLUS Proposed Rule Changes 19.30.5 NMAC Summary (Updated 08-27-18)

EPLUS Proposed Rule Underline Strikethrough 19.30.5 NMAC

EPLUS Proposed Rule Clean Copy 19.30.5 NMAC

Elk 19.31.14 and EPLUS 19.30.5 Technical Information

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the elk rule. Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-Elk-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 30, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

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

  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive
  • Santa Fe (location updated): 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE

Notice of Rule Making Elk Rule 19.31.14 NMAC

Elk Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.14 NMAC Presentation (Updated 08-24-18)

Elk Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.14 NMAC Summary (Updated 08-17-18)

Elk Proposed Rule Underline Strikethrough 19.31.14 NMAC

Elk Proposed Rule Clean Copy 19.31.14 NMAC

Elk 19.31.14 and EPLUS 19.30.5 Technical Information

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the deer rule. Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-Deer-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 30, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

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

  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive
  • Santa Fe (location updated): 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave
  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. August 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE

Notice of Rule Making Deer Rule 19.31.13 NMAC

Deer Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.13 NMAC Presentation (Updated 08-24-18)

Deer Proposed Rule Changes 19.31.13 NMAC Summary (Updated 08-20-18)

Deer Proposed Rule Underline Strikethrough 19.31.13 NMAC

Deer Proposed Rule Clean Copy 19.31.13 NMAC

Deer Rule 19.31.13 Technical Information

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.