Public Comment

The following Game Commission documents are available for public comments. We encourage your participation.
See also Meetings and Agendas for State Game Commission meeting notices, agenda item briefings, and calendar.

Guidance for Public Meetings and Public Rule Hearings conducted during the COVID-19 public health emergency

Proposals Under Consideration

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The Department opened the Wildlife Management Areas rule 19.34.5 at the June 3, 2022, State Game Commission Meeting. We are currently accepting public comment on the proposed changes. To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them to: DonaldP.Auer@state.nm.us.

Wildlife Management Area Rule 19.34.5 Update Underline/Strikethrough

Wildlife Management Area Rule 19.34.5 Update Clean Copy

Summary of Wildlife Management Area Rule Changes Updated 06-08-2022

Notice of Rule Making Wildlife Management Areas Rule 19.34.5 NMAC

Commission Meeting Presentation Wildlife Management Area Rule

The Department opened the Turkey Rule 19.31.16 at the April 11, 2022 State Game Commission Meeting. We are currently accepting public comment on the proposed changes. To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them to DGF-Gamebird@state.nm.us

Turkey Rule Technical Information

Turkey 19.31.16 NMAC Underline/Strikethrough

Turkey 19.31.16 NMAC Clean Copy

Summary Proposed Changes Turkey 19.31.16 NMAC (Updated 7-26-2022)

Commission Meeting Presentation Turkey Rule

Commission Meeting Presentation 2 Turkey Rule

The Commission moved to approve proceeding with the delisting process for Gould’s turkey in accordance with procedures specified in the WCA (17-2-40 NMSA) and opened the public comment period at the April 11, 2022 State Game Commission Meeting. Please submit your comments on the recommendation to remove Gould’s Wild Turkey from the state list of threated and endangered species to: DGF-Gamebird@state.nm.us

Gould's Turkey Delisting Investigation Report

Commission Meeting Presentation Gould's Turkey Delisting

The Department will hold public meetings to discuss the delisting of Gould’s turkey:

The Department is considering amending the Hunting and Fishing – Manner and Method of Taking Rule 19.31.10 NMAC to change the definition of a legal muzzle-loader. The Department presented this initial proposal to the State Game Commission at their meeting on April 11, 2022. We are currently accepting public comment on this proposed change only. To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them to DGF-Elk-Rule@state.nm.us, DGF-Deer-Rule @state.nm.us, DGF-Exotics-Rule@state.nm.us, DGF-Pronghorn-Rule@state.nm.us.

Summary Of Muzzle-loader Proposal Updated (05-23-22)

The Department opened the Deer rule 19.31.13 at the April 11, 2022 State Game Commission Meeting.  We are currently accepting public comment on the proposed changes.  To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them to: DGF-Deer-Rule@state.nm.us.

Summary of Deer Rule Changes (Updated 7-1-2022)

Commission Meeting Deer Presentation

The Department opened the Elk rule 19.31.14 at the April 11, 2022 State Game Commission Meeting.  We are currently accepting public comment on the proposed changes.  To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them l to: DGF-Elk-Rule@state.nm.us.

Summary of Elk Rule Changes (Updated 7-29-2022)

Commission Meeting Elk Presentation

The Department opened the Bighorn Sheep Rule 19.31.17 at the March 4, 2022 State Game Commission Meeting.  We are currently accepting public comment on the proposed changes.  To enter your comments into the official rule making record, please email them to DGF-Bighorn-Rule@state.nm.us.

Technical Information for Bighorn Rule Development

Summary of Bighorn Rule Changes (Updated 4-11-2022)

Notice of Rule Making Bighorn Sheep Rule 19.31.17 NMAC

Commission Meeting Bighorn Presentation

Bighorn Sheep Rule: Underlines/Strikethrough

Bighorn Sheep Rule: Clean Copy

How to identify changes that are proposed in draft rules:

  • Only sections of the rule which are highlighted are being proposed for changes.
  • Underlined sections of draft rule are being proposed as new language.
  • Strikethrough sections of draft rule are being proposed to be deleted.
  • A clean version of each affected draft rule in proposed final form is also being provided.

Rule Development Process

Rule Procedures 19.30.17 NMAC

Rule Process and Development Information (Revision 10-12-2017)

The Department revises rules for hunting game every 4 years and migratory game birds (waterfowl) each year.  Involving hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts is invaluable during the review to ensure that their perspectives help influence hunting seasons and license numbers for the next four years.  As the process develops, proposed adjustments to the various rules will be available for public review.  The State Game Commission, when finalizing the rules later this year, will consider all public comments, harvest and survey data, as well as biological information on population sustainability and management goals.