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2022-2023 License Year Starts Soon

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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

***************SAMPLE LETTER*****************

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.

#HuntNM22 – All you need to know virtual series

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Have you thought about applying for the 2022 big game draw? The Department will be hosting a series of live webinars, covering all that you need to know when applying.

We will meet virtually every week, sometimes multiple times a week, to discuss the draw, how to apply, options for hunter education and reading the draw odds report. We will also have our big game biologists on hand to answer questions.

All webinars will start at 6:30 p.m. MST.

Please register online (topics and links below) and send us your questions through email (tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us).

#HuntNM22 #CaceriaNM22

February 8 – Meet the Turkey Biologist – Casey Cardinal, resident bird biologist, will be on hand to answer your questions about applying for the Turkey Draw as well as over-the-counter opportunities. Click here to register.

February 9 – Meet the Elk Biologist – Travis Zaffarano, elk program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for, and hunting, elk in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 16 – Meet the Deer Biologist – Orrin Duvuvuei, deer program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for, and hunting, deer in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 21 – It’s in the reports! – The Draw Odds Report and the Harvest Reports can help you apply for a big game hunt. Join Kevin Rodden, SW area biologist, to learn how to read the reports and use them for your benefit. Click here to register.

February 23 – Meet the Pronghorn Biologist – Tony Opatz, pronghorn biologist, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for, and hunting, pronghorn in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 2 – Meet the Bighorn Sheep Biologist – Caitlin Ruhl, bighorn sheep program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for, and hunting, bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 9 – Meet the Biologist – Nicole Tatman, big game program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for, and hunting, oryx, ibex, and Barbary sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 14 – Last minute Q and A – March 16 deadline is just days away. We will address any last-minute things you should know or questions you might have. Click here to register.

Previous webinars can be found on the Department’s YouTube channel.

All webinars will be hosted in English. If you prefer to communicate in Spanish and have questions or comments, email DGF-Translation@state.nm.us or call us at 1-888-248-6866.

Draw deadlines are fast approaching!

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Approaching Deadlines:

– February 9 – Applications for the bear and turkey draw are due before 5:00 p.m. Apply here. 

– February 15 – Harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey license holders are due, reports filed after this date will have an $8 late fee. File your harvest report here.

– March 16 – 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to apply for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx. Apply here.

Attention New Mexico cougar hunters

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Cougar hunting Zones C and I are closed effective Feb. 7, 2022, as the harvest limit has been reached. Please refer to the chart below for the most current harvest reports and zone status.  

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

NMSSA Legislative Update February 4, 2022

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After going through two committee substitutions, 2022 HB9, the proposed firearm storage bill, passed the House Judiciary Committee today on a 7-5 vote. One Democrat joined the Republicans on the committee in opposition to the bill. In the bill’s latest iteration, it has effectively become a proposed extension of New Mexico’s child endangerment statutes – but one targeted solely at gun owners. As of the writing of this report, the version of the bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee has not been made available on the legislature’s website, but it is supposed to be posted this weekend. The next scheduled stop for the bill is the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, the contact info for the committee members is at the bottom of this email.

If New Mexico’s Child Endangerment Statutes need to be amended, the changes should be made with regard to all the dangers a child faces, not just targeted at gun owners. Ignoring the causes of most accidental child deaths to focus only on firearm related ones is an attempt to stigmatize guns and make someone afraid to own one. There is nothing in the bill about education or training to prevent an incident from happening, it only brings charges after an incident has occurred.

We commend Representative Nibert from Roswell for his defense of our rights during the committee debate on the bill. He correctly observed that just because federal law prohibits a minor from purchasing a firearm and owning a handgun, it does not prohibit a minor from owning a long gun. Likewise New Mexico law only prohibits a minor from owning a handgun, the statute also does not mention long guns. Even several of the committee members who voted to pass the bill noted this could be a problem for the bill going forward.

If you are a gun owner with children in your home, we encourage you seek out education and training specific to your needs. The NRA Eddie Eagle Program has resources for both parents and children. If you do not own a gun lock, but would like one, NSSF Project ChildSafe gives them out for free through partnerships with police departments in many communities. Their website has a list of New Mexico partners.

House Appropriations and Finance Committee – this is the next stop for HB9, we are OPPOSED to the bill.

Patricia A. Lundstrom – (D) (505) 986-4316 patricia.lundstrom@nmlegis.gov

Nathan P. Small – (D) – (505) 986-4319 nathan.small@nmlegis.gov

Anthony Allison – (D) (505) 986-4436 anthony.allison@nmlegis.gov

Phelps Anderson – (DTS) (505) 986-4709 phelps.anderson@nmlegis.gov

Gail Armstrong – (R) (505) 986-4227 gail@gailfornewmexico.com

Cathrynn N. Brown – (R) (505) 986-4227 c.brown.nm55@gmail.com

Ambrose Castellano – (D) (505) 986-4236 ambrose.castellano@nmlegis.gov

Jack Chatfield – (R) (505) 986-4467 jack.chatfield@nmlegis.gov

Randal S. Crowder – (R) (505) 986-4215 randal.crowder@nmlegis.gov

Meredith A. Dixon – (D) (505) 986-4210 meredith.dixon@nmlegis.gov

Candy Spence Ezzell – (R) (505) 986-4454 csecows@aol.com

Harry Garcia – (D) (505) 986-4233 hgarciad69@gmail.com

Dayan Hochman-Vigil – (D) (505) 986-4432 dayan.hochman-vigil@nmlegis.gov

T. Ryan Lane – (R) (505) 986-4221 RYAN@LANEFORLIBERTY.COM

Raymundo Lara – (D) (505) 986-4233 raymundo.lara@nmlegis.gov

Debra M. Sariñana – (D) (505) 986-4436 debbie.sarinana@nmlegis.gov

Candie G. Sweetser – (D) (505) 986-4255 candie.sweetser@nmlegis.gov

Christine Trujillo – (D) (505) 986-4435 christine.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

Kicking off the 2022-2023 big game hunting season

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It seems like it comes faster and faster each year – the start of the 2022-2023 hunting season is roaring toward us. As of Jan. 19, 2022, the big game draw is open!

The leaves have changed and fallen to the ground. The elk and pronghorn ruts are in the distance and the deer rut is nearing its end. Miles have been put on boots. Shots have been taken. Wear and tear on bodies and equipment have happened. Wildlife has been seen. Memories have been made.

There are a few hunts still happening across New Mexico, but the majority of the 2021-2022 season is setting in the rearview mirror. Please share your memories and pictures with us. Send us a message on Facebook or Instagram and we will add to our hunting albums.

It seems like it comes faster and faster each year – the start of the 2022-2023 hunting season is roaring toward us. As of Jan. 19, 2022, the big game draw is open!

The Rules and Information Booklet is online now. New this year, you can view the RIB in English and Spanish.

Due to a nationwide paper shortage, we have had to cut back on the number of Rules and Information Booklets that we have ordered. There will be a LIMITED supply of the English version of the Rules and Information Booklets available at the Game and Fish Department offices in New Mexico. We are expecting a shipment to arrive in mid-January.

Keep in mind that the 2021-2022 Rules and Information Booklet is valid through March 31, 2022.

Cougar zone hunting closure update — Zone P now closed

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Attention New Mexico cougar hunters:

Cougar hunting Zone P is closed effective January 31, 2022, as the harvest limit has been reached. Please refer to the chart below for the most current harvest reports and zone status.  

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

Magazine ban being pushed in NM House

Possession of Certain Magazines = Felony

The Anti-Gun Left is at it again! New Mexico HB 156 is an overt attack on your Second Amendment rights. Radical Leftist Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballer is attempting to take possession of any magazine, which holds more than 15 cartridges, a felony.

Anyone who is convicted of a felony forfeits their right to keep and bear arms in all 50 states! This HB 156 not only criminalizes the possession but also bans the manufacture, sale, transfer, or gifting of any magazine that has a capacity in excess of 15 rounds.

Since criminals, by their very nature, ignore the laws, HB 156 is a direct attack on the law-abiding people of New Mexico.

Tomorrow, February 1, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will conduct a public hearing on HB 156.  Time is of the essence, so please contact the Committee members and urge them to reject HB 156. At the bottom of this email, there is a pre-written message to send to your representative. 

  • 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 the Committee Members to oppose HB 156 ASAP.

In Liberty,

Monte Bowen
Pacific Regional Director
Gun Owners of America

P.S. Please distribute this alert to your pro-gun family and friends and urge them to Take Action.

 

PRE-WRITTEN EMAIL TO LEGISLATORS:

Dear Legislator,

As a resident of New Mexico and a supporter of Gun Owners of America, I urge you to oppose HB 156.  There is no demonstrated problem that HB 156 will solve.  HB 156 will make law-abiding residents of New Mexico instant felons if they choose to continue to possess the property that they lawfully acquired.

There are many reasons why law-abiding citizens should never have their self-defense capabilities limited. There are very tragic stories that demonstrate what happens when homeowners run out of ammunition because they were facing multiple attackers. To be sure, criminals will not adhere to any law that limits magazine capacity, so doing so will only put citizens in grave danger.

Please oppose HB 156.  Gun Owners of America will keep me informed about your vote.

Thank you!