We’re gearing up for the elk and deer hunting seasons to fill the freezer with organic meat, and there are public meetings about the hunts scheduled in New Mexico. In Colorado, there is a decline in elk herd population throughout the southern half of the state. In the New Mexico public meetings, they’ll include a proposal for increased elk hunting in areas.
You need to attend their public meetings to get the low-down on where and why. If you cannot attend a meeting there is a link at the bottom of the article which tells where you can learn more about the proposals. There are also links to the email addresses you’ll need to contact with your feedback.
Deer, elk and elk private lands use system changes topic of public meetings
SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the deer, elk, and elk private lands use system rules.
The department is proposing changes in deer, elk and the elk private lands use system (E-PLUS) across the state, including; splitting the deer archery season into 2 distinct seasons (September and January), adjusting licenses, adding new hunts, increasing elk harvest in some areas and establishing criteria to better administer the E-PLUS program.
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
- Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
- Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
- Santa Fe: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Room 1), 6401 Richards Ave.
- Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.
The proposals can be viewed on the department website, www.wildlife.nm.us. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-Deer-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-Elk-Rules@state.nm.us; DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or in person at one of the meetings listed above.