New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 12, 2007:

LATE-SEASON ARCHERY ELK HUNTS AVAILABLE ONLINE OCT. 16
TWO MEN ARRESTED ON ANTELOPE POACHING AND OTHER CHARGES

LATE-SEASON ARCHERY ELK HUNTS AVAILABLE ONLINE OCT. 16

SANTA FE - Bow hunters who did not draw an elk license this season will have another chance beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, when the Department of Game and Fish will make 385 late-season archery elk licenses available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us .

Licenses for November and December archery elk hunts in Big Game Management Units 12, 34, 37 and 50 will be available -- online only -- on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The special late-season elk archery hunts are designed to provide additional elk hunting opportunities without severely impacting the state's elk herds. Hunter success for elk is expected to be low because the hunts are for archery only, late in the season, with a bag limit of one mature bull elk with six or more points on at least one antler.

Elk license fees are $89 for residents, $541 for nonresidents. License fees will be charged at the time of successful online application. Only hunters who do not already hold elk licenses for hunts this season are eligible for the late-season hunts. It is illegal for any hunter to hold more than one elk license or deer permit in the same license year.

To be eligible for the late-season hunts, applicants must have submitted a mandatory harvest report for 2006-2007 if they held deer or elk licenses or permits for that season. Those who did not submit harvest reports can still do so for an $8 late fee by visiting a Department office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces, or by calling (505) 476-8038.

Details of the late-season archery elk hunts:

For more information, visit the Department Web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or call (505) 476-8000.

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TWO MEN ARRESTED ON ANTELOPE POACHING AND OTHER CHARGES

ANCHO - Two Santo Domingo Pueblo men face more than $800 in fines and possible jail time in connection with the poaching of a doe antelope near Ancho in south-central New Mexico.

Dwayne Aguilar, 32, and Russell Garcia, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful killing and unlawful possession of a doe antelope and a dove. They were arrested Oct. 6 after Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area. The deputies discovered an antelope carcass in the bed of the suspects' pickup. Department of Game and Fish officers investigating the incident also found a dead dove in the pickup.

In addition to the poaching charges, Aguilar and Garcia face charges of negligent use of a firearm, having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle, and driving on a suspended license. Officers found a .22-caliber rifle, a .22-caliber pistol, and a 16-gauge shotgun in the truck, along with open containers of beer and whiskey.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty to the poaching charges. They posted bond and were released from the Lincoln County Detention Center in Carrizozo pending court appearances in November. If convicted of the poaching charges, they each face criminal fines of $800 and possible civil assessments of $250 for the doe antelope.

Anyone with information about poaching incidents is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-GAME (4263).   Callers need not identify themselves or testify in court.   If the information leads to the apprehension of the game law violators or charges being filed, callers could be eligible for cash rewards.

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