New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Clint Henson, (505) 455-2311
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
clint.henson@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 18, 2008:

DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH NEGOTIATES WHITE PEAK ACCESS

RATON -- The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has signed a lease agreement with the ABC Land and Cattle Company to allow hunters to cross private land to access State Trust Lands in the Aspen Hill area of Game Management Unit 48, part of the area commonly known as White Peak.

The Department annually leases the rights for hunter, trapper and angler access to State Trust Lands from the State Land Office. The agreement with ABC Land and Cattle Company provides vehicular access to approximately 26 sections of State Trust Land that would not otherwise be accessible by vehicle. Entry to the area from N.M. 120 is near mile marker 5. The access road crosses approximately one-half mile of private land and all users must stay on the roadway. Access to the private lands off the road is not allowed.    

The agreement signed March 12 allows licensed hunters and up to two guests access to the area from April 15, 2008, through May 10, 2008, for spring turkey season, and from Aug. 15, 2008, through March 15, 2009, for bear and all other big game seasons.

The White Peak area now has two access points: the Red Hill Road and the ABC gate from N.M. 120.  Other access points will need written permission from the private property owner.

The lease agreement was funded by the Department’s Open Gate Program, in which landowners can lease hunting areas or access to closed areas. Landowners who are interested in the Open Gate Program are encouraged to call a Department office in Raton, Albuquerque, Las Cruces or Roswell.  Funding for the program comes from the Habitat, Access and Management Validations that all hunters and anglers are required to purchase.  

If you have questions about hunting, fishing or trapping in New Mexico, please contact the Department of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000 or visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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