We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.
For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.
Gould’s Turkey & Gila Monster Recovery Plans
New! The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announces the availability for public review and comment of its draft recovery plans (below) for Gould’s Turkey and Gila Monster.
They can also be obtained by contacting the Department’s recovery coordinator, John Bulger, at 505-476-8106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm on February 22, 2017.
Gould’s Turkey occurs in the Sierra San Luis, Animas, and Peloncillo Mountains of New Mexico’s bootheel region. Gila Monster is known chiefly from portions of Grant and Hidalgo Counties. The recovery plans outline strategies to maintain viable populations of these species and their habitats within the state.
White-tailed Ptarmigan Recovery Plan
The Department is seeking public comment on its draft White-tailed Ptarmigan recovery plan. The recovery plan can be viewed below, 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, email@example.com. Comments will be accepted until 5 pm on December 20, 2016 by email or regular mail at the address above.
2016 Biennial Review
The Department is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Biennial Review of the status of all state-listed wildlife. The Biennial Review can be viewed below, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted until 5 pm on September 18, 2016 by email or regular mail at the address above.
The New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Act (Sections 17-2-37 through 17-2-46 NMSA 1978) mandates the completion of a Biennial Review of the status of all state-listed wildlife, along with any recommendations to uplist or downlist species. The State Game Commission formally opened the 2016 Biennial Review for a 90-day public comment period on April 14, 2016. A second, 14-day public comment period for the draft 2016 Biennial Review was opened by the Commission (August 25, 2016 meeting), beginning September 5, 2016.
The Biennial Review process determines whether a state-listed wildlife species will be “uplisted” from threatened to endangered, “downlisted” from endangered to threatened, or maintain its current status in the listings. Adding or removing species from the state list is a separate process. Listing decisions are based on biological and ecological factors. Social, economic, and political considerations noted during the review can be used in the implementation of conservation and recovery actions after the species is listed. 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 endangered species.
Proposed Shooting Ranges
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 (Updated 6-27-2016)
- 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 (https://rangeservices.nra.org/); 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.