Game Bird Maps

Game Bird Maps 2017-07-28T11:01:15+00:00

Migratory Game Bird Maps

Regulated Areas

National Parks and Monuments

Closed to all hunting (except as permitted).

National Wildlife Refuges

Closed to all hunting unless specified open under federal refuge regulations to hunting of particular species (page 9). U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved nontoxic shot is required for hunting on all national wildlife refuges.

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

Areas owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation are open, unless otherwise posted, to migratory game bird hunting during established seasons. All state and federal regulations apply, such as permits, shooting hours, bag limits, etc. Additional restrictions may apply for lands managed by BOR and New Mexico State Parks. For information contact the Bureau of Reclamation: (505) 462-3540 or New Mexico State Parks: 1-888-667-2757.

Native American Tribal Lands

Check with tribal officials about hunting on tribal lands.

McGregor Range in Unit 28

For access information, contact the Fort Bliss U.S. Army Office: (915) 741-5251.

Jornada Experimental Station

Jornada Experimental Station in Doña Ana County is closed to all public access without an escort.

Chihuahuan Desert Research Center

The Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (College Ranch) is closed to public access.
Telephone: (575) 646-2807 or visit online: http://chihuahuansc.nmsu.edu/index.html.

Rio Grande Gorge

Orilla Verde Recreation Area (BLM) is closed to hunting.

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

For more information and to obtain access along the Rio Grande telephone: (505) 864-7466.

Portions Rio Grande, Valencia County

Portions of the Rio Grande in Valencia County Closed. In the interest of public safety, areas posted along the Rio Grande in Valencia County are closed to migratory bird hunting. For more information regarding closures contact the NMDGF Northwest Office: (505) 222-4700.

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Please refer to the Lower Rio Grande Valley maps available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us

New Mexico State Parks

Closed to all hunting except in designated areas. Contact state park superintendents for designated hunting areas and directions or telephone: 1-888-667-2757.

  1. Bluewater, Caballo, El Vado, Heron, Conchas, Ute, Elephant Butte and Sumner Lake State Parks: Open for common snipe, sora, Virginia rail and waterfowl.
  2. Navajo Lake State Park: Open for common snipe, sora, Virginia rail and waterfowl. Closed areas: Navajo Dam stilling basin which includes the area from the crest of the bluff above the north bank of the San Juan River to N.M. Hwy. 511 on the south side of the river for 1/4 mile downstream from the dam; Cottonwood Campground and Day Use Area from the lower boundary of the Quality Waters to a fence 1/4 mile downstream from the Cottonwood Day Use Area; Pine and Sims Mesa Recreation Area; and Navajo Reservoir Recreation Area south end.
  3. Rio Grande Valley State Park: Closed to all hunting (no designated areas).

Areas Owned/Managed by NMSGC

Areas Owned or Managed by the New Mexico State Game Commission. USFWS-approved nontoxic shot is required for hunting on all New Mexico State Game Commission owned or managed areas. Vehicle use is restricted to designated areas. Legal shooting hours are listed on page 4. New Mexico State Game Commission owned or managed areas not specifically listed as open below or on pages 14–15 are closed to hunting for species listed in this booklet.

  1. The W.S. Huey Management Area is open for dove hunting on Monday, Wednesday and Satur-day during established seasons.
  2. Socorro-Escondida Wildlife Management Area is open for migratory game bird hunting during established seasons.
  3. All Prairie Chicken Conservation Areas are open for dove hunting during established seasons.
  4. Sandhill Prairie Conservation Area is open for dove during established seasons.
  5. Bernardo Wildlife Management Area is open for September teal and other migratory game bird hunting. For area and species restrictions see pages 14–15.
  6. La Joya Wildlife Management area is open for dove, September teal and other migratory game bird hunting. For area and species restrictions see pages 14–15.
  7. Wildlife Management Areas open for dove and band-tailed pigeon hunting include: Sargent, Humphries, Rio Chama, Urraca, Colin Neblett, Water Canyon, Marquez and E.S. Barker.
  8. Hammond Tract WMA and Retherford Tract WMA are open for waterfowl hunting during established seasons.

Private Property: Criminal Trespass

Entering private property without written permission from the landowner, manager or leasee may be adjudged criminal trespass under Chapter 30-14-1, NMSA 1978. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and punishable by fines up to $1,000 and 364 days in jail. For complete descriptions of what is and what is not criminal trespass and the penalties involved, see page 37 of the 2017–18 New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us and in print.

Local, county and federal access restrictions also may apply.