Elk and Deer Hunting Changes – Public Comment Needed New Mexico

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.

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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.


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300 Cow Elk Licenses Added to 2017-18 Draw – New Mexico Residents

300 cow elk licenses added to 2017-18 draw;
residents only

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has added 300 more hunting licenses for antlerless elk in Game Management Unit 34 in southeastern New Mexico to this year’s annual draw. Only New Mexico residents are eligible to apply for these licenses.

Applications currently are being accepted through the department online licensing system, www.wildlife.state.us, or by calling the Information Center, (888) 248-6866. Hunters who already have applied have the option of adding the new hunts to their applications by calling (888) 248-6866.

Licenses will be added to three hunts, all in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo in Game Management Unit 34:

  • ELK-1-310 – Nov. 25-29, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.
  • ELK-1-311 – Dec. 2-6, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.
  • ELK-1-312 – Dec. 9-13, 400 licenses (up from 300). Any legal sporting arm.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 22. The deadline to change applications by phone is 4:30 p.m. March 22.


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