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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 29, 2012:
ANTELOPE HUNTING, CARCASS TAG ELIMINATION ON GAME COMMISSION AGENDA
RATON – Proposed changes to the way the Department of Game and Fish distributes pronghorn antelope licenses and a proposal to eliminate carcass tags for harvested game are among agenda items before the State Game Commission at its meeting Thursday in Raton.
The Department has revised its proposal to the Pronghorn Antelope Rule and now recommends retaining the existing license-distribution system. Earlier proposals stemmed from ongoing efforts to simplify the system for hunters and private landowners. The Department received many comments by mail, e-mail and at several public meetings about the proposals, which would have established hunt dates, areas and management strategies similar to the way the Department manages deer hunting. Under the proposals, private-land licenses would have been available over-the-counter instead of through annual drawings, and hunters would negotiate with landowners for access to private property.
The Department proposed three options: retaining the existing pronghorn licensing system with no changes; switching to over-the-counter private-land licensing in southwestern, southeastern and northwestern New Mexico; or switching to over-the-counter private-land licensing only in southeastern New Mexico.
The Commission meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Colfax County Commission Chambers, 230 North 3rd St., in Raton. Detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment are available on the website.
Other agenda items include:
State Game Commission meetings are broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from Gov. Susana Martinez’s website, http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Webcast.aspx. Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.
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, Vice-chairman Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Tom Arvas, Bill Montoya, Scott Bidegain, Paul M. Kienzle and Robert Espinoza Sr.
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.