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, JAN. 6, 2009:

GAME COMMISSION TO MEET WITH NEW CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRWOMAN
HUNTERS NEED CUSTOMER ID NUMBER TO APPLY FOR LICENSES, PERMITS

 

COMMISSION TO MEET SATURDAY WITH NEW CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRWOMAN
TO DISCUSS RULES ABOUT HUNTERS' AND ANGLERS' ACCESS TO PRIVATE LANDS

ALBUQUERQUE -- The State Game Commission will open the new year with a new chairman and vice-chairwoman at a special meeting Saturday, Jan. 10, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

The commission ended 2008 by electing Jim McClintic of Albuquerque as chairman and Sandy Buffett of Santa Fe as vice-chairwoman. McClintic replaces Tom Arvas of Albuquerque and Buffett replaces M.H. "Dutch" Salmon of Silver City. Arvas and Salmon will remain on the commission.

The Jan. 10 meeting was called specifically on a Saturday to allow more opportunities for the public to participate in an effort to better define rules regarding hunting, fishing and trapping on private lands. The meeting will address proposed amendments to state hunting and fishing manner-and-method rules, and the responsibilities of landowners, hunters and anglers in obtaining or granting permission to hunt or fish on private lands. The land access issue is the only item on the agenda, and no decisions will be made about the issue at the meeting.

The meeting will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in the first-floor multi-purpose room of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, in Albuquerque. The draft rule proposal is available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/documents/privatelandrule.html. Please call (505) 476-8008 for more information.

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 Oscar Simpson, 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 Shirley Baker, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.


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HUNTERS NEED CUSTOMER ID NUMBER TO APPLY FOR LICENSES, PERMITS

The Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters to obtain a customer identification number -- new this year -- before applying for hunting licenses or permits in the annual drawings.

The Department plans to make Customer ID Numbers available beginning Jan. 12 -- online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or by visiting a Department office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Las Cruces or Roswell. Customer ID Numbers are free and are required whether applications are made online or on paper applications.

Deer and elk hunters also are reminded to submit mandatory hunter harvest reports or risk having their applications for all hunt drawings rejected. Harvest reports must be submitted before the drawing application deadline or by Feb. 15, whichever is earlier. Reports can be submitted online at www.newmexico-hunt.com or by calling toll-free, (888) 248-6866.

The next drawing application deadline is Feb. 4 for oryx draw licenses, bear WMA permits, population management hunts, and turkey draw permits. April 8 is the deadline to apply for public deer permits; and elk, pronghorn antelope, ibex, Barbary sheep, javelina, and bighorn sheep draw licenses. Online applications must be made before 5 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline day. Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked on or before the deadline day.

Also new this year:

  • Full fee up-front: Everyone applying for a pronghorn, bighorn sheep, ibex, javelina or Barbary sheep draw license must pay the full license and application fee when applying. Online applicants will be charged for the full license fee, plus the nonrefundable application fee at the time of application. Unsuccessful applicants will receive refunds. This requirement will expand to include deer and elk license applications in 2010.
  • New application fees: The new nonrefundable application fees are $9 for residents and $12 for nonresidents.

For more information about big-game hunting in New Mexico, please consult the 2009-2010 Big Game & Trapper Rules and Information Booklet, available at all license vendors, Department offices, and online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Information also is available by calling (505) 476-8000.


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