New Mexico Deer News
Hunting season opens in New Mexico August 31, 2015 New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican
... Game and Fish officials said they expect an estimated 36,000 elk hunters, 27,000 deer hunters, 4,400 pronghorn antelope hunters, and 30,000 small-game and bird hunters this season...

Feds push Game Commission to allow Mexican gray wolf releases August 29, 2015 New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican
...  commissioners want Fish and Wildlife to provide more information about how increased wolf populations will affect deer and elk populations in the area.  “I think if we exceed these numbers or even double the population, we’re going to see severe impacts on the ungulate [elk and deer] population,” said Commissioner Ralph Ramos ...

Short video of a baby deer and it's mom. Taken at Berg Park, Farmington, NM. - August 22, 2015


Two New Mule Deer Foundation Chapters Form in New Mexico August 17, 2015 Ammo Land
... The Llano Estacado Chapter in the Portales/Clovis area have set their sights on funding water projects on Bureau of Land Management lands ...The Carlsbad Chapter plans to coordinate habitat restoration projects in an area that has seen declining habitat and mule deer populations ...

Ecology of Adult Female Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Following Habitat Enhancements ... 2015, New Mexico, Open Access Theses and Dissertations
... Populations of Rocky Mountain mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) are currently declining across the West and throughout New Mexico. Specific reasons for the decline of mule deer are unclear but hypotheses which have been developed include predation, overhunting, competition with other large herbivores, habitat loss and deterioration, fire exclusion, extreme weather, and declining nutrition. Multiple factors may be interacting ... Total survival for the duration of the study from March 2011 to February 2014 was 0.83 (SE = 0.029) and was best explained by total precipitation and age as well as body mass and ingesta-free body fat at time of capture...

Proposed new rules would ease limits on bear, cougar hunting June 6, 2015 New Mexico, The Taos News
... It used to be that livestock interests in New Mexico were upset because a carnivore might threaten their herds, Ray said [Sierra Club, Mary Katherine Ray]. “Now, we’re seeing hunters upset because a lion or a bear might kill a deer.” ... Comments on the rules can be submitted through July via email at DGF-Bear-Cougar-Rules@state.nm.us or by calling 888-248-6866.

We’re letting another predator go down June 2, 2015 New Mexico, High County News
... the New Mexico Game and Fish Department unveiled its latest proposal to benefit hunters who think lions are taking too many deer and elk: leg-hold traps. Though they would only be permitted on private land, these traps are known to cause terrible suffering; some unfortunate animals are so desperate that they even bite off their own legs in order to escape...

... The bill would designate the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico.  The national monument encompasses backcountry lands and waters inhabited by a diversity of wildlife, including elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep ...

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish evaluates bear and cougar rules May 13, 2015 Farmington Daily Times
... The department will host public meetings in Ruidoso, Silver City and Raton to solicit input, and comments can be submitted at wildlife.state.nm.us... "It's just devastated their deer herd to the point that I don't know if they'll ever come back in our lifetime," ... Ernie Current, the former president of the New Mexico Trappers Association ...

Game Commission considers proposal for cougar trapping May 3, 2015 New Mexico, ABQJournal 
... Under the proposed rule change, traps and snares would be allowable on public land in certain cougar management zones ... Another proposed change would allow licensed deer and elk hunters to also hunt mountain lions during hunts for the other animals...

... The mule deer are browsers and feed on a different set of vegetation than do livestock, with some overlap. Elk are grazers, and are in direct competition with livestock for forage... many of the country's extensive rangelands are severely disturbed landscapes, suffering from a long history of overgrazing, current drought and desertification, and an increasingly changing climate...

... year 2013 there were 3 elk confirmed positive for CWD in New Mexico...  two positive cases to date in deer in the state of New Mexico early 2014...

...  Deer were removed from areas of high concentration, including urban areas and locations where deer were negatively impacting agriculture, in a dual effort to also prevent human-wildlife conflicts. These deer were translocated to suitable habitats ... 390 deer were captured and translocated ...  After we adapted capture, translocation, and release techniques during the second year, survival jumped as high as 80 percent rivaling survival of native deer in New Mexico," commented Stewart Liley, big game program manager with NMDGF...

... officials estimate there are between 3,000 to 4,500 cougars in New Mexico... This would effectively start an open season on the cats in which they could be hunted or trapped at any time without harvest limits... 

Senators try to open sportsmen's access to public lands March 15, 2015 New Mexico, Herald and News
... The bill would be a boon for hunters and anglers, opening federal lands and requiring the federal government to set aside money to make land more accessible...

Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers March 11, 2015 New Mexico, Quincy Herald Whig
... Sen. Martin Heinrich ...  New Mexico Democrat is working with a bipartisan group of Senate ... The bill would allow hunters to carry their bows and crossbows across National Park Service land, and hunters with legal firearms would be able to take them on land that's managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water projects...

Bill Would End Cougar Protection March 6, 2015 New Mexico, Times-Leader
... Under House Bill 586, cougars would effectively be treated like other unprotected species such as coyotes or skunks.  The Department of Game and Fish would no longer regulate their hunting nor monitor and manage their population... here are estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,500 cougars in the state....

New Mexico convicts eight poachers February 26, 2015 Good Game Hunting
... The eight admitted to numerous charges, including killing deer and turkeys and possession of the carcasses without a license, hunting without a license and out of normal deer and turkey hunting seasons...

Eight Clovis Men Convicted of Unlawful Hunting February 10, 2015 New Mexico, New Mexico Game and Fish
     Eight Clovis men will pay penalties and fines totaling $7,189 after pleading guilty to numerous poaching and other charges, including killing a deer and turkey out of season and hunting without licenses.  Department of Game and Fish officers caught the men hunting on the Elliott Barker Wildlife Area north of Cimarron on Nov. 10, 2014, when the area was closed to hunting. The men appeared before Raton Magistrate Warren Walton on Feb. 4 and pleaded guilty to 13 of an original 34 charges, which included unlawful hunting and unlawful killing and illegal possession of a deer and turkey. Penalties included fines, court costs, civil penalties and donations to Operation Game Thief.  A hunter who had been scouting in the area alerted officers after he saw a large hunting camp with a deer hanging from a tree...

... Senate Bill 253 ... makes it illegal to hold or participate in a coyote-killing contest, in which a prize is offered. But the bill doesn't stop ranchers and farmers from killing coyotes ... The senators unanimously supported an amended version of SB 82, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, that would ban the use of drones for tracking animals like elk or deer and transmitting the information for use in hunting...

Hunting Rules and Information booklet available on department's new website January 14, 2015 New Mexico, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
... Rules and information about applying for licenses and hunting big-game, small game and turkeys in New Mexico are available now on the Department of Game and Fish’s redesigned website,www.wildlife.state.nm.us...

Coyote Kill January 5, 2015 New Mexico, Las Cruces Sun-News
... When I was a child, hunters killed off the coyote population in New Mexico and the deer started starving because the usual prey of the coyotes eat what deer eat. Without coyotes to control the rodents like jack rabbits, they ate everything in site. It is a delicate balance here....

New Mexico data: About 80,000 mule deer and 12,000 Coues deer in 2013.  Some white-tails in the river bottoms and filed along the Texas border, Coues white-tails are mostly in the southwest.  About 200,000 deer in 1999  Persistent drought beginning in the winter of 2010-11 reduced populations.   Reduced license sales are expected in 2015 as a result of the declining deer population.  Hunting Statistics  Hunter success was 25 percent in 2013.  An estimated 36,000 elk hunters, 27,000 deer hunters in 2015.
     Habitat loss and over hunting pushed the population down to its low of about 40,000 in the early 1900's.  In 1894 New Mexico began to restrict the taking of wild game. In 1894 the deer season was reduced to six months and banned killing deer for hides. In 1899 the hunting limit was set at one buck but no does. In 1931 a doe harvest is reinstated to control some populations, the doe harvest is increased in 1953. The population peaked at 301,000 or more in the 1960's.  Doe hunts were generally ended in 1983.   In 2013 only 124 were taken compared to 8509 bucks. A three point or better antler restriction was imposed in 2004, currently requires forked antler.  Hunter success usually around 30 percent. Historical information from:  Mule Deer in New Mexico [PDF]  Mule Deer of New Mexico [PDF]
    
   Cougars and Bears An estimated 3,000 to 4,500 cougars in the state in 2015.  An estimated 5,000 to 7,000 bears.

Report Poaching:  People can report poaching anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 800-432-GAME or by filling out an online form 

Other useful links:
New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) is a nonprofit organization of sportsmen and women dedicated to protecting New Mexico’s wildlife, public lands ...
- New Mexico Game and Fish News Releases

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