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Bear zone hunting closure update — Zone 7 closed

Attention New Mexico bear hunters:

Bear hunting Zone 7 is closed effective Oct. 5, 2022, as the harvest limit has been reached. Please refer to the chart below for the most current harvest reports and zone status. 

Bear: Zone 7 is closed.

Cougar: All zones are open.

Please remember: Before hunting, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.

Future NICS enhancement

Wanted to share the following mailing from the FBI regarding background checks on those 18-20yo.  This is another baby step towards the loss of rights.  This is the Biden administration.  Look at how they sugar coat it by calling it an “enhancement”. Remember that, vote right!

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As a result of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) of 2022, signed into law on June 25, 2022, the NICS Section is working towards the implementation of an enhanced background check process for persons between the ages of 18-20.  The enhancement provides the opportunity for additional outreach and research to be conducted regarding the existence of any juvenile adjudication information and/or mental health prohibition.  As a result, transactions on persons between the ages of 18-20 will initially be delayed.  In order to conduct the aforementioned outreach and research, the address of the individual will be collected so that the appropriate local and state entities may be contacted.  All descriptive information, including address, will follow normal purge requirements (i.e., deleted from NICS within 24 hours of the FFL receiving a proceed status.)  If potentially prohibiting juvenile information is uncovered, the BSCA allows for the delay period to extend up to ten business days.  However, if no potentially prohibiting information is located, the transaction will be proceeded as soon as possible.

The NICS Section is working in collaboration with numerous other entities in the implementation of all aspects of the BSCA and will keep you informed as additional guidance becomes available.

Thank you!

Stephen M. Bush Shooting Range in Clayton, N.M. will close for repairs on Oct. 11-13, 2022

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 888-248-6866
Media contact, Ryan Darr: 505-476-8027
ryan.darr@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 1, 2022:

Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range in Clayton, N.M. will close for repairs on Oct. 11-13, 2022

Clayton – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will close the Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range in Clayton, New Mexico at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2022, and reopen at sunrise on Oct. 14, 2022.

The range will close to allow Department staff to safely perform repairs to the shooting berms and clean up trash and debris on the shooting range. Public access to the range will be restricted on these days.

The Department reminds the public to recreate responsibly, pack out all trash, including shell casings and targets, and to not shoot at glass or other items not designed to be utilized as targets on the range.

Tres Piedras Shooting Range will close for one-day cleanup on Sept 21

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 888-248-6866
Media contact, Ryan Darr: 505-476-8027
ryan.darr@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT 16, 2022:

Tres Piedras Shooting Range will close for one-day cleanup on Sept 21

Tres Piedras – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will close its Tres Piedras Shooting Range at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21, 2022, and will reopen at sunrise on Sept. 22, 2022. The range will be closed to allow department staff to safely clean up trash and debris on the shooting range.

Public access to the range will be restricted on this day.

The department wants to remind the public to recreate responsibly, pack out all of your shooting trash, including shell casings and targets, and not to shoot at glass or other items not designed to be shot at on the range.

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FNRA Las Cruces New Mexico Saturday October 8th

Friends Of NRA – Las Cruces New Mexico – Saturday October 8th 4:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces

Join other champions of the Second Amendment for dinner, games, auctions, and fun with a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, décor, and collectibles!

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Game Commission To Meet 8/20

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 888-248-6866
Media contact, Ryan Darr: 505-476-8027
ryan.darr@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 12, 2022:

Game Commission to meet Aug. 20

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will hold a meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at the New Mexico Game and Fish Albuquerque office. The full agenda, location address, attendee information and general information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website.

In addition, there will be a live webcast on the Department’s website. Webcast participants can listen to the meeting using a desktop computer or mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs 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 Ryan Darr at 505-476-8027 or ryan.darr@state.nm.us. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

IMPORTANT: NICS Denial Notification Act

For those of you who are unaware, the BATFE has been under constant pressure to come up with more and more limitations and rules, and this is the next round.  Of my customers, 90% sail right through without a hitch.  Less than 1% get denied, leaving about 9% who are delayed and usually are able to get their firearm.  There has been an existing process for you to determine the reason for delays and denials.  If you aren’t normally approved immediately, you need to find out the cause for the delays, especially the denials.

You are denied or delayed due to information the FBI finds in its database.  There can be information that is an actual fact from your past that you may or may not be able to remove.  You can also be delayed if your name and information closely match someone else in the databases.  What you will want is a UPIN (Unique Personal Identification Number).  That is input on the 4473 form you fill out.  You can get details here:

https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/nics/national-instant-criminal-background-check-system-nics-appeals-vaf

Through a different process, you can get your “rap” sheet.  It will show whatever they think they know about you.  That process is here:

https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks

Below is the information all FFLs received from the feds.  Remember, you get what you vote for:

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NICS Denial Notification Act

Synopsis:  On or around 9/26/2022, FFLs will be prompted to provide the address of the buyer on all denied or delayed transactions.  Read below for more details.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 (hereinafter “Act”) was signed into law on
March 15, 2022.  Section 1101 of the Act included the “NICS Denial Notification Act of 2022.”  The Act requires the Attorney General to report background check denials to state authorities and will require the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section to report all FBI NICS denied transactions to local law enforcement within 24 hours beginning October 1, 2022.  The NICS Section plans to implement this change on September 26, 2022.

The denial notification will include the date and time of the denial, the reason for the denial, the location of the federal firearms licensee (FFL), and the identity of the person.  The NICS denial notifications will be transmitted electronically to the appropriate receiving authorities within each state based on the city, state, county, and zip code combination of the FFL location and the city, state, county, and if different, the zip code combination of the attempted transferee’s home address.  If at any time, the original denial is changed to a proceed, an updated notification to those agencies originally notified will be required.

The NICS Section is working diligently on developing the tools to make this notification as seamless as possible.  To make the necessary notifications, all FFLs will be required to provide the buyer’s complete address as recorded on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473.  For FFLs who initiate a check by contacting the NICS Contracted Call Center (NCCC), the address will be required if the customer receives a delay or a denied status.  The information will be required before the status is provided by the NCCC.  For FFLs that initiate the check through the NICS E-Check, the address will be required if the customer receives a delay or denied response.  The response will not be retrievable until the information is provided.  Once the system is updated to allow for the capturing of this information an additional notification will be provided.  In addition, if the transfer occurs at a qualifying gun show, future programming may allow for the full address of the gun show location to be entered also.

2022-2023 License Year Starts Soon

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Get your 2022-2023 Fishing and Hunting Licenses

Sales of “over-the-counter” fishing and hunting licenses for the 2022-2023 license year are underway.

Anglers will need a 2022-2023 fishing license beginning April 1.

If you purchased a game-hunting or game-hunting and fishing license through the 2022-2023 draw application, it is now available in your account under My Purchases.

The 2022-2023 Fishing Rules and Information Booklet is now available online

Download your copy now!

New Mexico is Trying to Lock Up Your Guns!

Having Your Gun Accessible for Self-Defense Makes You a Criminal!

Once more, we need your help! The Anti-Gun left is at it again in New Mexico.

NM HB 9 is yet another attack on your Second Amendment rights. Radical Leftist Reps. Patricia Roybal Caballero, Pamelya Herndon, Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, and Debra M. Sariñana have all introduced a bill turning law-abiding citizens into criminals, masking this bill as protecting Minors.

This bill will require good people to lock their guns up, to prevent a minor from getting them, and also criminalize law-abiding residents if their property were broken into and their self-defense firearms were stolen.

Simply put, this bad gun bill will make the good people of New Mexico lock their guns up, placing their lives in danger by denying them quick access to their self-defense weapon while it is sitting in a locked safe.

GOA is against any gun bill that stands to take gun rights away from people. This includes HB 9, which imposes mandatory gun lock-ups. The right to bear arms shall NOT be infringed!

Time is of the essence, please contact the Committee members and urge them to reject HB 9.

Joanne J. Ferrary Chair- (D) joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov (575) 649-1231

Andrea Romero Vice Chair – (D) ?andrea@andrearomero.com(505) 490-6155

Stefani Lord – (R) stefani.lord@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4453

Randall T. Pettigrew – (R) randall.pettigrew@nmlegis.gov  (505) 986-4467

Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – (D) liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov  (505) 986-4415

Please urge your State Representative to oppose this bill ASAP.

In Liberty,

Monte Bowen
Pacific Regional Director
Gun Owners of America

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Dear Legislator,

As a resident of New Mexico and a supporter of Gun Owners of America, I urge you to oppose HB 9.  There is no demonstrated problem that HB 9 will solve.  HB 9 will make law-abiding residents of New Mexico into instant criminals and place their lives in grave danger by limiting access to their self-defense weapons. Criminalizing citizens is not the way to deter violence, as criminals will not lock their guns up! So don’t ask us to!

Please oppose HB 9.  Gun Owners of America will keep me informed about your vote.  Thank you!

Bighorn, javelina and pronghorn hunting rules topic of public meetings

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027
tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 9, 2022:

Bighorn, javelina and pronghorn hunting rules topic of public meetings

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the bighorn sheep, javelina and pronghorn rules.

For bighorn sheep, the Department is seeking input on several management considerations across the state including: opening the Jemez population to ram hunting; separating the Hatchets hunt to spread hunters across the mountain range; splitting the Ladron and Peloncillo hunts into two hunt periods to distribute hunters; and adding a third hunt window for rams in the Rio Grande Gorge.

For javelina, the Department is seeking input on possible increases in total licenses and season lengths, and expanding the areas javelina can be hunted to include some Wildlife Management Areas.

For pronghorn, the Department is seeking input on moving hunt dates later in the season based on public feedback that the current season (August, annually) is quite hot and not ideal for hunting pronghorn. The Department also anticipates proposing small adjustments to license numbers.

To gather public comments, two virtual public meetings will be conducted:

Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507; by email, DGF-Pronghorn-Rule@state.nm.us, DGF-Bighorn-Rule@state.nm.us or DGF-Javelina-Rule@state.nm.us;  or in person at one of the meetings listed above.

These topics will also be discussed at the next regularly scheduled State Game Commission meeting. Meeting details and additional information will be available online.