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.

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Proposals Under Consideration

Click title below to open/close the proposal under consideration:

Proposed Changes to the Fisheries Rule 19.31.4 NMAC, Hunting and Fishing Manner and Method of Taking Rule 19.31.10 NMAC and Commercial Use of Fish Rule 19.31.9 NMAC.

The Department proposes amendments to the Fisheries Rule 19.31.4 NMAC, Hunting and Fishing Manner and Method of Taking Rule 19.31.10 NMAC and Commercial Use of Fish Rule 19.31.9 NMAC. The current Fisheries Rule will expire on March 31, 2022. The Department is proposing a new rule for Game Commission consideration. The Department is also proposing amendments to the Manner and Method Rule and the Commercial Use of Fish rule due to the need for consistent language associated with changes proposed in the Fisheries Rule.

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule

Fisheries Rule Initiation

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-4 NMAC Redlined

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-9 NMAC Clean Copy

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-9 NMA Redlined

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-10 NMAC Clean Copy

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-10 NMAC Redlined

Proposed Changes Fisheries Rule 19-31-4 NMAC Clean Copy

To provide information on proposed changes and gather public comments, two public meetings will be conducted via Zoom. The meetings will be held May 19 and May 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Click here to register for the May 19 webinar.

Click here to register for the May 20 webinar.

Presentation slides will be posted on the Department’s proposals under consideration webpage prior to the meetings so attendees can follow along. If you do not have access to the website to view the presentation, please email DGF-FisheriesRule@state.nm.us or call (505) 476-8102 to make arrangements to acquire a copy of the presentation.

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Fisheries Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-FisheriesRule@state.nm.us or at the meetings listed above.

Chama III NNW Application

Fenn Farms Nonnavigable Application

Rancho Del Oso Pardo Application

River Bend Ranch NNW Application

Three Rivers Applications

a: Icon of Comments in Opposition (Updated 08-10-2021) Comments in Opposition (Updated 08-10-2021)

b: Icon of Comments in Support (Updated 08-10-2021) Comments in Support (Updated 08-10-2021)

c: Icon of Motion for Hearing and Reply Motion for Hearing and Reply

All comments or proposed documentary evidence must be provided in a written format to the Office of the Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504 or by email to NonNav.Comments@state.nm.us, to allow it to be included electronically in the record. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. MDT, Friday, June 4, 2021.

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.