NMDGF Conservation Enforcement
The Department of New Mexico Game and Fish has approximately 90 Conservation Officers (Fish and Game Wardens) who are certified peace officers. Of those, approximately 60 work full-time in the field, patrolling the state’s vast areas of public and private lands, checking hunters and anglers for compliance with fish and wildlife laws, and working with landowners and others who deal with wildlife issues.
Rules & Statutes (External Links)
New Mexico Statutes
Wildlife Administration (Title 19, Chapter 30 NMAC)
Trapping and Furbearers
Wildlife Habitat and Lands
Hunting & Fishing (Title 19, Chapter 31 NMAC)
Endangered and Protected Species
Captive Wildlife Uses
Operation Game Thief
NMDGF’s Operation Game Thief pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers.
⇒ File a secure and anonymous report online.
⇒ View new unsolved and solved case reports.
Click Here to visit the Operation Game Thief page:
A Message from Colonel Robert Griego
Poaching Harms Everyone
Poachers are not hunters. They are thieves stealing your wildlife. Poaching hurts not only our wildlife resources, but also harms the hunting, trapping and fishing way of life. Each year, New Mexico’s game wardens investigate cases in which our majestic big game have been reduced to rotting piles of headless corpses.
Across the New Mexico landscape, our trophy elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope are being poached for the heads only. Trophy poaching has nothing to do with feeding a hungry family. It is purely a criminal activity for profit.
New Mexico’s wildlife belongs to you, and I encourage you to protect it. The active role you play is essential, and if you have information about illegally taken wildlife or fish, contact your local game warden or telephone the hotline listed below.
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a silent witness program funded by donations from individuals and organizations, not from taxes or license fees. Rewards for information leading to the arrest of poachers vary from $50 for cases involving a warning citation up to $750 for more severe violations.
If you are an individual or belong to an organization concerned about poaching and its impact, I also encourage you to consider contributing to this important citizen-based program. Donations are tax deductible and solely used to pay rewards and promote the program.
Thank you in advance for becoming involved and taking the initiative to help prevent poaching, and thank you for promoting protection of New Mexico’s wildlife heritage.
With gratitude and respect,