New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 6, 2011:

GAME COMMISSION TO MEET THURSDAY, JUNE 9, IN LAS CRUCES
BIG-GAME LICENSE DRAWING RESULTS AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY

GAME COMMISSION TO MEET THURSDAY, JUNE 9, IN LAS CRUCES

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, June 9, in Las Cruces to discuss changes to the Commission’s rule-making policy, proposed adjustments to Habitat Stamp Program project funding, and the future involvement by the Department of Game and Fish in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program.

The Commission also will hear updates on proposed changes to the statewide license drawing process to accommodate statutory changes to the process by the 2011 state Legislature, and a proposal to renew a one-year lease to allow public hunting, fishing and trapping on State Trust lands.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, in Las Cruces. The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website.

Other agenda items include:

  • Discussion of proposed amendments to the state falconry rule to comply with federal standards and regulations.
  • An update on a proposal for continued Department management of properties in the lower Pecos River Valley owned by the Commission, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Bureau of Land Management as wildlife areas.
  • A presentation of the Department’s fiscal-year 2013 budget.
  • An update on the Open Gate Program that provides hunting and fishing access on participation private lands.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Jim McClintic, Vice-chairman Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Tom Arvas,  Bill Montoya, Jerry Maracchini, Scott Bidegain and Robert Hoffman.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Sonya Quintana, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

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BIG-GAME LICENSE DRAWING RESULTS AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY

SANTA FE -- Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2011-2012 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing "lucky list" Wednesday, June 8, on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Hunters who were successful in the drawings will be mailed licenses and carcass tags according to species. Unsuccessful applicants will receive refunds for prepaid license fees -- by check if the application was on paper, or by credits to credit cards if payment was online.

The Department received 141,462 applications for about 65,500 licenses, an increase of 8,701 applications – 8,179 residents and 522 nonresidents -- from the previous year.

This was the second year the Department began requiring all applicants to pay the full license fees at the time of application. Previously, only those who submitted paper applications were required to submit full upfront payments, and online applicants were only charged the application fee upfront, with their credit cards charged for the license fee only if they were successful in the drawing.

More than 80 percent of this year's applicants took advantage of the Department's online application process, which was first offered in 2004.

Hunters wishing to check their drawing results can log in to their account on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters also can check their results in person by visiting Department offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces. Results will be available June 22 by telephone at (505) 476-8000.

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                                          6:30 p.m. Sundays on KENW, Portales
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