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Deer, elk and bighorn enhancement – raffle tickets are now available

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Win your New Mexico dream hunt

Are you sitting at home dreaming of hunting this fall? Purchasing raffle tickets can be an inexpensive way to potentially win your New Mexico dream hunt! All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species raffled. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. These hunts do not count as Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunts.

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Take Back Control

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With the 2020 Primary just 21 days away, now is the time to join the fight.

Your NMSSA is working to ensure New Mexicans know who will stand for their Second Amendment rights. We worked with the NRA to grade the candidates and remind voters who in the legislature infringed on our rights.

Take a moment and find your district and legislator here, then check their grade by clicking here!

After the lawsuit is completed, we intend to turn our focus to holding legislators accountable for their actions in the 2020 legislative session. Voters will know who took away their rights, but that will take resources to reach every corner of New Mexico.

For New Mexico,
Zac Fort

Access to Firearms is Under Attack || Act Now!

Last week the Trump administration labeled gun stores and gun manufacturers as “essential“ businesses during the shut downs happening for COVID19. Unfortunately our anti-Second Amendment Governor refuses to do the same. It’s time we stand up and let our voice be heard.

Our founding fathers never envisioned the Second Amendment to be used in times of peace but in times of uncertainty in and times of conflict. As the scope of government grows, our right to defend ourselves against tyranny and our right to defend our homes from danger becomes increasingly important.

Call Governor Lujan Grisham today and tell her we demand access to firearms retailers and ammunition in this uncertain time.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham : 505-476-2200

Although we are in a tough time, our fight to defend the Second Amendment is ongoing. NMSSA continues to stand at the front lines of our fight against New Mexico‘s gun grabbing politicians. Will you join the fight? Join today at NMSSA.org.
Pressing on for Freedom,

Zac Fort 
President, NMSSA

Governor Wastes Law Enforcement Resources to Ensure Gun Stores are Shuttered

To further her own anti-gun agenda, Governor Lujan Grisham wasted taxpayer money and risked public safety by having her State Police violate their Constitutional oath by cruising gun shops.

In response to the Covid 19 outbreak, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the closure of all businesses she doesn’t consider “Essential.”  The Governor did not designate firearm stores as “essential,” but many remained open because the Governor’s order did not explicitly order them closed.  Your NRA-ILA has now learned that Governor Grisham is making her anti-gun proclivities clear by tasking the State Patrol with driving by gun stores and telling dealers that they are, and will remain, closed to the public.  New Mexico residents are encouraged to contact their local firearms dealers to inquire about the potential to make online purchases while the Governor’s order remains in effect.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of Colorado, gun stores have been listed as critical businesses and are allowed to operate.  The same is true in many states throughout the country.  This action by the Governor is not just anti-gun, but fails to consider the need for safety and security in these uncertain times.  Please contact Governor Grisham at 505-476-2200 and ask her to please respect our right to self-defense and leave gun stores alone.?

Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

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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, MARCH 27, 2020:

Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program is now accepting proposals for projects that would start in 2021.

The Share with Wildlife program funds projects up to $50,000 in four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological research studies, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education.

Topics of particular interest to the Department are projects that would start between Jan. 15, 2021 and May 31, 2021. Details about the proposal format are listed in the Call For Project Information for fiscal year 2021 available on the Share with Wildlife website, under the Applications-Reports tab.

Offerors should make sure to use the updated Share with Wildlife Proposal Cover Sheet posted on the Share with Wildlife webpage. Please note the new requirement for documentation of communication with federal agencies for research and habitat projects with proposed survey or implementation sites on federal lands. Additional clarification has also been provided regarding ground disturbance and purchased items with a life span past the timeline of the project.

Any questions about the application process and final project proposals should be submitted to Ginny Seamster, Share with Wildlife Coordinator, at virginia.seamster@state.nm.us.

All proposals must be submitted electronically, preferably in a single .pdf file, by 5 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time, Friday, May 29, 2020.

Albuquerque City Council Persuaded to Address Gun Owner Concerns

Albuquerque City Council Persuaded to Address Gun Owner Concerns

On Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council voted 6-3 to pass a substitute version of Council Bill O-20-4, granting the Mayor the ability to declare a public health emergency and take specified actions in response.  The original version of the proposed ordinance included this new power under the existing Civil Emergency Law.  This would have allowed the Mayor to invoke all existing powers in cases of civil emergency when a public health emergency is declared.  The most concerning of these is the ability to:

“Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of any firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever, or in the alternative, order the closing of all establishments or portions thereof where arms and/or ammunition are kept for sale or distribution.” The substitute bill that was ultimately passed placed these new public health emergency powers in an entirely new section of law, ensuring this dangerous power pertaining to the citizens’ ability to acquire firearms during a time of civil unrest could not be exercised during a declared public health emergency.  To their credit, the council members acted on the concerns expressed by the gun owning community.

Courts Order Department To Release Customer Names, Email, Addresses Today

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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, MARCH 19, 2020:

Courts Order Department To Release Customer Names, Email, Addresses Today

SANTA FE – A First Judicial District Court judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the names and addresses of all successful big-game applicants for the years 2015 through April 23, 2019 to Los Alamos County resident James Whitehead.

Additionally, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the email addresses of individuals who applied for state hunting licenses for the years 2015 through 2016 to former Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

Both decisions conclude that information collected from the public in connection with the administration of its public duties falls within the meaning of public records and are subject to disclosure.

In 2017, Dunn requested the names and email addresses of more than 300,000 applicants for New Mexico hunting licenses. Whitehead requested the detailed draw results, names and addresses of all successful applicants, units applied for and units drawn. The Department provided names to Dunn, but denied the additional requests by both parties. As a result, both parties filed lawsuits pursuant to the state Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

“The Department argued against the release, but ultimately lost,” said Director Michael Sloane. “We value the privacy of our customers’ personal information but recognize that is the courts’ interpretation of the current IPRA law.”

The Department will release the requested information today and wants to make their customers aware. Individuals who believe they are being harassed by solicitors or similar as a result of this release should call toll-free (844) 255-9210 or file a complaint online at www.nmag.gov/file-a-complaint.aspx.

Services available for NM’s hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationalists

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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, MARCH 18:

Services available for NM’s hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationalists

SANTA FE – It’s important for agencies like the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to do their part to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and you can help too.

At this time the Department encourages hunters and anglers to utilize the many online and phone services available.

Customers seeking general information including; license sales and harvest reporting can still reach the Department by phone at 505-476-8000 or toll-free at 1-888-248-6866. They can reach the Department by email, ispa@state.nm.us or visit online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased online at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department offers educational activities for youth and families. New Mexico wildlife and wildlife management lessons can be downloaded online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/conservation-education/discover-new-mexico.

Depredation reports may also be reported by phone at 1-888-248-6866.

Reports to Operation Game Thief can be made immediately by calling 1-800-432-4263 or by filling out the Department’s online form at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/public/ogt.

The Department’s Hunter Education Program can be reached by phone at (505) 222-4731 or by email at dgf-he@state.nm.us. The minimum age for students to complete the online Hunter Education program has been reduced to 10. Online course options that meet certification requirements are available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education under the Online Options tab.

Information, applications and forms for the Department’s Elk Private Lands Use System (EPLUS) are available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/maps/elk-private-lands. Questions may be directed by email to Bob Osborn, Robert.Osborn@state.nm.us, Rex Martensen, Rex.Martensen@state.nm.us or Aaron Roberts, Aaron.Roberts@state.nm.us.

Project proponents needing or wanting a review by Department staff can submit a project, and receive a timely response, through the Department’s Environmental Review Tool found on the Department’s Conservation Page at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation.

The Department’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program can be reached by phone at (505) 222-4728 or email at dgf-ohvmger@state.nm.us. Online course options that meet safety certification requirements are available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ohv/ohv-education/ under the Online Training tab.

Customers can also interact with Department staff, working our social media channels, by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nmdgf, Twitter at www.twitter.com/NMDGF, Instagram at www.instagram.com/nmgameandfish and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/NMGameandFish.

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Albuquerque – You voted these idiots in, now you lost your rights!

Albuquerque – You Are Screwed

Hunters urged to complete draw applications online or by phone to protect public health

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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, MARCH 17, 2020:

Hunters urged to complete draw applications online or by phone to protect public health

SANTA FE – Following the New Mexico Department of Health’s public health order regarding mass gatherings and in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish requests draw applications be completed online or over the telephone whenever possible.

As the 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, deadline approaches, there are long lines forming at many of our office locations throughout the state to apply for the draw; an unnecessary health risk when there are several remote application options available.

Applications can be completed online at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/ or by calling either the Information Center (1-888-248-6866) or one of our Area Offices.

The Information Center will also be working extended hours to assist callers with draw applications. Information Center hours are as follows:

  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 17
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 18

Department staff will also be answering draw-related questions submitted by email to ispa@state.nm.us or by private message to one of our social media accounts.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish strongly encourages the utilization of these remote application and assistance services provided for our customers during this time of heightened public health concern.