Public Comment

The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
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The Department is proposing to amend the Hunter Education Rule, 19.36.3 NMAC. Below is a summary of proposed changes, the presentation provided to the State Game Commission during the August meeting, the technical guidance and proposed changes to the rule.

Draft 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule Underline Strikethrough

Notice of Proposed Rule Making Hunter Education Rule 19.36.3 NMAC

Presentation 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule

Proposed Changes 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule

Technical Guidance 19.36.3 NMAC Hunter Education Rule

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled two public meetings on proposed revisions to the Hunter Education Rule 19.36.3 NMAC. A short presentation providing details of the proposed revisions will be given. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session where members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and provide input. Members of the public are invited to attend one or both of these meetings (to be held virtually) to become familiar with the rule and the proposed revisions:

  • September 24 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 29 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the Department webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments are due by 8:00 a.m. on October 15, 2020. The final proposed rule will be voted on by the Commission during a virtual public meeting on October 16, 2020. Interested persons may also provide data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, at the virtual public rule hearing to be held on October 16, 2020. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Hunter Education Rule Amendments, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507; or by email, lance.cherry@state.nm.us.

The Department is proposing to amend the Importation Rule, 19.35.7 NMAC. Below is a summary of proposed changes, a copy of the State Game Commission presentation from August, and proposed changes to the rule.

Draft Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC Underline Strikethrough

Presentation Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC

Proposed Changes Importation Rule 19.35.7 NMAC

  • September 23, 2020 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 30, 2020 at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the Department webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Importation Rule Amendments, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, dgf-importation.rule@state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish requests public comments on its Draft 2020 Biennial Review of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife Species listed under the Wildlife Conservation Act (Section 17-2-40 NMSA 1978). Comments on the draft document will be accepted until September 10, 2020.

2020 Draft Biennial Review

The Biennial Review process requires that staff biologists review the current status of all State-listed species and determine for each species whether it should be “uplisted” from threatened to endangered, “downlisted” from endangered to threatened, or remain unchanged in the listings. Adding or removing species from the State List is a separate process. The sole change in status recommended in the current review is an uplisting from threatened to endangered for Narrow-headed Gartersnake. Listing decisions are based only on biological and ecological factors. The Wildlife Conservation Act contains no provisions for critical habitat, habitat regulation, or other restrictions regarding state-listed wildlife except to prevent direct taking of the species.

Narrow-headed Gartersnake: Uplisting Proposal

The Department will create a repository at the Headquarters in Santa Fe, and all public comments regarding species’ listing status received during the review will be kept in the repository file. Public comments and final recommendations will be presented to the State Game Commission at its October 16, 2020 meeting.

The Draft 2020 Biennial Review document and companion uplisting proposal for Narrow-headed Gartersnake can be viewed on the Department’s website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/wildlife-species-information/threatened-and-endangered-species/, or obtained by mail at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: John Bulger, P. O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, john.bulger@state.nm.us. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2020, by email or regular mail at the addresses listed above.

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC (Habitat Stamp Program Rule).

SGC Presentation Public Land User Stamp Rule

Summary Proposed Changes Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled two public meetings on proposed revisions to the Public Land User Stamp Rule 19.34.6 NMAC (Habitat Stamp Program Rule). A short presentation providing background information about the Habitat Stamp Program and details of the proposed revisions will be given. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session where members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and provide input. Members of the public are invited to attend one or both of these meetings (to be held virtually) in order to become familiar with the program and the proposed revisions:

  • September 10th at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.
  • September 28th at 6 p.m.
    Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information about this meeting, including a copy of the presentation and a summary of the proposed revisions, is available on the NMDGF webpage, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Habitat Stamp Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, dgf-habitat-stamp-rule@state.nm.us.

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.