We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.
For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.
Aquatic Invasive Species Rule
Accepting comments for proposed changes to the Aquatic Invasive Species Rule. Comments should be sent to: James.Dominguez@state.nm.us. Comments would be most helpful if received by May 9th.
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.