We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.
For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.
Proposed Shooting Ranges
New! New Mexico has an abundance of federal and state owned public lands utilized for a variety of mixed recreational activities including; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, shooting, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use. The Department has identified several areas statewide, where a structured public shooting range would consolidate recreational shooting activities and benefit all users of public lands and teach the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a responsible hunter.
The Department is working with Federal, County and City governments to secure some of these lands to construct firearm and archery ranges for public use.
Current projects include proposed ranges in these communities:
- Cibola County: Cibola County Shooting Range Master Plan
- Clovis: Clovis Comprehensive Master Plan and Clovis Concept Range Plan
- Santa Fe: Santa Fe Conceptual Master Plan
All proposed shooting ranges follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges (https://www3.epa.gov/region02/waste/leadshot/epa_bmp.pdf); meet or exceed the National Rifle Association‘s standard for range construction (http://range.nra.org/sourcebook.aspx); and comply with NRA Range Safety Rules. Perimeter fencing will be installed and posted to keep hikers, horseback riders, and ATV riders from unintentionally entering the shooting range. All city, county and state building codes will be adhered to during the construction.
Comments/suggestions should be sent to DGF-ShootingRanges@state.nm.us.
Gila Trout Recovery & Angling
We are accepting public comment on a proposal (click here for PDF) to conduct a Gila trout restoration project in Whitewater Creek on the Gila National Forest. Comments would be most helpful if received by March 25th, 2016.
Send comments to:
Ecosphere Environmental Services
Attn: Jonathan Olson
1660 Old Pecos Trail, Suite H
Fax: (505) 954-1882
Click the tab headings below for more Gila Trout Recovery and Angling information and regulations.
Rock Lake Expansion
Consideration for the Rock Lake Fish Hatchery Expansion: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/federal_assistance/index.html
Comments should be sent by Feb. 12, 2016 to Kelly Oliver-Amy at Kelly_oliveremail@example.com.
Costilla Native Fish Restoration Project
Regarding Native New Mexico Fish, we are accepting public comment on a proposal (see PDF) to construct a permanent terminal fish passage barrier downstream of the Comanche Creek confluence on the Rio Costilla. Contact information in the PDF, or send email comment.
Comments/suggestions should be sent by January 11th, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or to Michael Gatlin on behalf of James Duran, Forest Supervisor, 208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571. Or by fax at 575-758-6213.