All Open Gate properties are posted with signs outlining the specific rules for a particular property. This information is also available to users on the Property Locator tab above. Rules are developed in cooperation with the landowner and the Open Gate program manager to best accommodate the wishes of the landowner and to accomplish the objectives of the program.
Providing Public Access for Hunting, Fishing, Trapping
Private landowners will have flexibility to determine permitted activities, legal species, and access dates when allowing direct public access to their property. Species included in the agreement are determined through a Department process involving local field staff, Conservation Officers, and Open Gate personnel. Opportunities for the public are balanced against wildlife populations to assure both a good hunting or fishing experience, and sustained wildlife populations on the property and surrounding area.
Providing Right-of-Way Access to Public Lands
Participants providing right-of-way access to public lands will be able to work with NMDGF to determine roadways and access points that mutually meet the needs of the private landowner and public sportspersons. Applicable public lands include State Trust and Federal lands that provide excellent hunting, or fishing opportunities. Participating landowners are not required to hold a government lease on the public lands to which access will be improved. There is no minimum or maximum right-of-way length.
Some of the general rules that are included in all Open Gate agreements include:
- Hunting activities may be restricted to drawn hunters only depending on species and GMU.
- No trespassing unless you are a properly licensed sportsperson, are accompanied by a properly licensed sportsperson or are license-exempt.
- Each properly licensed sportsperson or license-exempt person is allowed to be accompanied by no more than two guests.
- Scouting is only permitted during the two days immediately preceding the commencement of open season dates.
- No motor vehicle travel off designated roads or on closed roads.
- No destructive acts, including vandalism, graffiti, theft, removal or defacing natural features, resources or signs.
- No target practice.
- No consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- No camping.
- No fires.
- No littering.
- Access allowed from: two hours before sunrise to: two hours after sunset.
Each of these is considered independently in each Open Gate agreement.