New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Archive News Releases 2007-2013

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Media contact:  (505) 476-8000



LORDSBURG – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, in Lordsburg to discuss proposals to eliminate the use of carcass tags on harvested big-game and turkeys; and to require all big-game and turkey hunters to report their harvest annually.

The Commission meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Lordsburg Civic Center, 313 E. 4th St., in Lordsburg. Detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment are available on the website.

Agenda items include:

  • A proposal to require all big-game and turkey hunters to report their harvest annually to remain eligible to purchase or apply for licenses the following year.
  • A proposal to eliminate the use of carcass tags on all big-game species and turkeys. Eliminating carcass tags would facilitate implementation of the Department’s paperless, web-based licensing system.
  • A report on the Department’s cougar management efforts in desert bighorn sheep ranges.
  • A presentation about the Department’s habitat improvement efforts, funding, and impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat on a landscape scale.
  • A proposal to allow the use of artificial lights to take raccoons at night.
  • A proposal to consolidate and better define approved public uses of Department lands.
  • A report on progress to implement a completely web-based licensing system by April 2014.

State Game Commission meetings are broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from Gov. Susana Martinez’s website, 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 subject to confirmation 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.


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