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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 16, 2009:
BIG-GAME HUNTING APPLICATION PROCESS ON COMMISSION AGENDA
LAS CRUCES -- The State Game Commission will consider changing the way hunters apply for deer licenses and set the 2010-2011 big-game license application deadlines at the Commission's meeting Thursday, Sept. 24, in Las Cruces.
The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, in Las Cruces. The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us or by calling (505) 476-8008.
Proposed changes to the deer hunting application system include simplifying the deer licensing process by eliminating the current deer hunting permits. Successful applicants would be issued a deer license, similar to the way elk, antelope and other big-game licenses currently are issued. Proposals also call for exemptions to the every-other-year application restriction on "Quality" and "High Demand" hunts for youth hunts, some private-land-only hunts, and public-land hunts that were unfilled or purchased via the secondary sale after the drawing.
Other agenda items include:
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 Jim McClintic, Albuquerque; Vice-chairwoman Sandy Buffett, Santa Fe; M.H. “Dutch” Salmon, Silver City; Alfredo Montoya, Alcalde; Leo Sims, Hobbs; Tom Arvas, Albuquerque; and Kent Salazar, Albuquerque.
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 Sonya Quintana, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.