New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Lance Cherry, (505) 476-8003
Public contact: (888) 248-6866



ALAMOGORDO – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet March 26 in Alamogordo to discuss possible strategies to reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico, and to discuss possible changes in the way hunters tag big-game and report harvest results.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 State Route 2001, in Alamogordo. The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website, Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website.

Other agenda items include:

  • A presentation about possible changes to bear and cougar regulations based on public comments, harvest data, population status and other research.
  • Discussion of possible changes to migratory bird hunting regulations based on recent survey information and information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • A proposal to replace security-badge oryx hunts with population-management hunts on White Sands Missile Range.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Robert Espinoza Sr., Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs and Elizabeth Ryan.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz, (505) 476-8029. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.