New Mexico Deer News
... The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations ...

Monument status has been good for hunting, fishing in New Mexicoy October 8, 2014 New Mexico, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
... Contrary to the fears spread by some, hunting and fishing continue on these public lands as they have for generations, though with one big difference: with a monument designation, our public lands are permanently protected from development. They will remain public and open for hunting and fishing forever...

New Mexico Hunting, Buy a Tag August 8, 2014 Petersen's Hunting
... If you don’t draw a tag [antelope] you can purchase a private land voucher from a landowner. This is unique to NM... To draw a rifle tag in a good unit, the odds average between 8 and 12 percent ...Typically vouchers for good areas range from $500 to $2,000 each plus you still have to buy the actual tag from the state for a total of $290...

... Last Thursday the New Mexico Game Commission voted 5-1 to prohibit the use of drones in harassing wildlife or assisting in the harvest of game animals... hunters in New Mexico say they see more aircraft in the skies every season...

Comment on Hunting Rule Development July 1, 2014 New Mexico Game & Fish
... The Department is seeking public comments on several big-game hunting rules like Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn antelope, and oryx.  The Department is also seeking comments for the turkey and migratory bird rules.  The Department revises rules for hunting game every 4 years and migratory game birds (waterfowl) each year... 
     Notable proposed changes to the Deer rule are as follows:
Proposing deer license reductions in select GMUs (see presentation link below for specific GMU’s under consideration). The exact license reductions have not been determined, but as further data becomes the Department will update the website with specific proposed license reductions.  Proposing allowing archery hunters to select either a September or January hunt.  Comment Now!.    Click to see presentation given at the May 15th commission meeting on proposed changes.
Notable proposed changes to the Elk rule are as follows:  Standardizing archery hunts to be a 2-hunt period September 1-15 and 16-24 (except GMUs that currently have 1 archery hunt period) Reduce GMU 9 antlerless (A) licenses (and make all antlerless hunts muzzleloader)Redistribute antlerless licenses in Northcentral herd (GMU’s 4, 5B, 50, 51, and 52) to account for elk distribution across Northcentral landscape ... Comment Now!      Click to see presentation given at the May 15th commission meeting on proposed changes

Sportsmen support ban on drones June 19, 2014 New Mexico, El Defensor Chieftain
... "We'd prefer to see New Mexico follow the lead of Alaska, Colorado and Montana and implement an outright ban on the use of drones for any hunting ... at the May meeting the commissioners heard from a number of New Mexico hunters and outfitters who wanted to see the agency protect hunting tradition and fair chase from the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles." ...

New Mexico Wants Your Comments June 18, 2014 NMDFG
The following documents have been made available or public meetings scheduled to collect public comments.   We encourage your participation.  Proposals for discussion by the State Game Commission:  Click above or here to view the documents and comment:  Rule Development for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 Hunting Seasons page.  Amendments to the Bighorn Sheep Rule 19.31.17 NMAC.  Final Proposed Prohibition of Using Drones for Hunting 19.31.10 NMAC.  Proposed Amendments to Application Rule for Ibex. 

...  about 1,000 javelina licenses and more than 3,000 deer licenses ...

... U.S. Forest Service for refusing to open a gate blocking their cattle from reaching water ... The new fencing is short enough to allow elk and deer to leap over, but too tall for cattle to get access ...

... protecting nearly 500,000 acres of land in southern New Mexico... It is filled with wildlife including antelope, deer, falcons and mountain lions.  Billy the Kid inscribed his name in what is now called outlaw rock ...

Santa Clara man ordered to pay $6,000 for allegedly poaching a deer May 20, 2014 New Mexico, Deming Headlight 
...  a mule deer buck he was found guilty of poaching in January 2013. The buck scored 184 inches and was considered a trophy, allowing for higher civil penalties, according to the release.  The case was initiated by an anonymous tip to the Operation Game Thief hotline...

Game agency considers deer hunting reduction May 20, 2014 New Mexico, KOAT 7
... The department said it's considering a reduction in deer hunting licenses because of declining deer populations...

NM Game Commission seeks public comment for hunting rule changes May 11, 2014 New Mexico, Carlsbad Current Argus
... The commission next week will also initiate rule development for the two most popular game species, deer and elk, although the rule changes for those two animals won't be finalized until October.  The public can submit comments and concerns to the Department of Game and Fish by going to its website  at this link.

... New Mexico is in line to become the next state to take aim at the use of drones for hunting big game animals.  Alaska, Colorado and Montana already have outlawed the use of drones in hunting ...

...  169,463 applications for 63,772 licenses to hunt deer, elk, antelope and other big game...

NM Game and Fish seeks comment on big-game hunting rules April 16, 2014 New Mexico, Las Cruces Sun-News
...  a public meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive... Proposed adjustments to the rules are available for public review on the department website ...

Callfornia game poachers convicted in NM wildlife crimes March 28, 2014 New Mexico, ABQJournal 
...  Bauer also pleaded guilty for the illegal take of a bull elk in New Mexico. As part of his plea, Bauer was ordered to return the illegally taken elk mount, a mule deer mount and a Barbary sheep mount to New Mexico.” ...

... U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo lifted a long-standing injunction that had prevented the state Game and Fish Department from allocating licenses to hunt the three species based on residency...

Hunters must apply for draw licenses by March 19 for most animals March 12, 2014 New Mexico, Farmington Daily Times
... "We are lucky as New Mexicans to enjoy cheap hunting because of expensive out-of-state licences. ... A non-New Mexico hunter is paying a large amount of money that goes to conservation and habitat improvement ... and that keeps the resident fees down ...

NMSU graduate helps restore mule deer population March 7, 2014 New Mexico, KTSM News Channel 9
...  It’s no secret the mule deer population in most parts of the West have been experiencing dramatic fluctuations throughout the last 40 years ... New Mexico Game and Fish has implemented a deer management plan to relocate the excess deer from Silver City to other areas where deer populations have declined ... “The collars will notify researchers if the deer hasn’t moved for more than four hours, meaning it may be dead,” ...

Bill would make increase poaching penalties February 7, 2014 New Mexico, Artesia Daily Press
... Poaching the animals would become a fourth-degree felony ...

Silver City, NM Game and Fish begins trapping mule deer in Indian Hills January 30, 2104 New Mexico, Silver City Daily Press
...  Approximately 30 Game and Fish personnel from around the state, assisted by New Mexico State University students and Wildlife Society volunteers, on Tuesday trapped 21 deer, which will be relocated to either the San Francisco River Valley near Alma or the Peloncillo Mountains south of Lordsburg....

... State authorities are investigating whether the New Mexico State Police has a mole leaking word on illegal hunting investigations to game poachers in northern New Mexico...


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 has reduced populations.   Hunting Statistics  
     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 1960s.  Doe hunts were generally ended in 1983.   A three point or better antler restriction was imposed in 2004, currently requires forked antler.  Hunter success usually around 30 percent.

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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