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#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!

ATF to Start Confiscating Triggers!

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is coming after certain aftermarket triggers starting now, according to leaked emails from the agency obtained by Gun Owners of America.

Specifically, ATF agents are going to start confiscating Rare Breed’s Forced Reset Triggers (FRTs) and BDU’s Wide Open Triggers on the grounds that they are unregistered “machine guns” in violation of the Hughes Amendment.

“Please be prepared to take possession of any documents and FRTs the manufacturer, distributor or retailer offers to surrender.  They may choose to abandon the items in which case give them a forfeiture of property notice,” states one of the leaked emails, per GOAs alert (see video above).

“If the manufacturer/seller refuses to abandon the items, please take custody of the items, and seize them for forfeiture so that they can be properly noticed,” it continues.

GOA also notes that in the correspondences ATF refers to those in possession of FRTs as “defendants,” suggesting that they’ve already committed a crime.

Per federal law, possession of an unregistered “machine gun” is a felony offense that carries with it a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

“With its new reckless interpretation that FRTs are machine guns, ATF is playing games with your life,” said Phil Reboli, senior policy advisor for GOA.

Rare Breed’s FRT-15 works mostly like a normal AR-style cassette-type trigger pack. It’s a drop-in assembly with one extra function: after a round is fired and the bolt cycles, it cocks the hammer and at the same time, resets the trigger, as GunsAmerica previously reported.

That’s how the FRT-15 gives shooters the ability to repeatedly pull the trigger quickly, similar to how practice with a light trigger can also be used to shoot rapid strings of fire. According to the law, a machine gun isn’t a gun that can be fired quickly, it’s a gun that fires more than one shot per pull of the trigger.

However, last Summer, ATF’s Technology Division departed from the conventional interpretation and classified FRTs as “machine guns.”  Now, any manufacturer, distributor, retailer or consumer in possession of an FRT is a target of the agency.

For those who think a run-in with the agency can’t happen to them, they ought to consider the story of Sacramento fire captain Derik Oakes.

In 2019, ATF got wind that he was in possession of an “80% Glock Auto Switch” and came knocking on his door.  Though Oakes obtained the device prior to the ATF’s 2018 determination on its illegality, it didn’t matter.  Oakes, who is by all accounts a standup citizen, was still put through the wringer.

Oakes was charged with multiple felonies and his firearms were abruptly confiscated.  Last we spoke, he was still fighting the charges in court.

“You think you’re doing the right thing, and you’re not,” Oakes said in a 2021 interview with GunsAmerica. “The ATF can just change their mind on something, get a warrant, and come to your house.”

Stay tuned for updates.

Please join the GOA as the only non-compromise lobby in Washington.

 

 

New Mexico 15-Round Magazine Law – STOP IT NOW!

NMSSA Legislative Alert January 26, 2022

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There are two legislative updates New Mexico gun owners need to be aware of and act on now. First, HB9, the mandatory storage bill was added to tomorrow’s House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee schedule at the last minute. The bill would impose fines and criminal penalties on a gun owner whose firearm is accessed by a minor without the owner’s consent. There are no exemptions for storing a firearm in a safe or by lock. Even if you are careful about how you store your firearms, you could still be charged with a crime in the bill. Further, anyone who is the parent of a child can attempt to enforce a $1,000 court fine for a minor accessing your firearms. We do not believe the bill has any public safety benefit, and our position to to OPPOSE the bill. Here is the link to testify before the committee tomorrow. The committee meeting will start at 1:30pm, and HB9 is the last bill on the agenda.

Second, today HB156 was filed today. It would make it a felony to posses a firearm magazine in New Mexico that holds more than 15 rounds. The bill’s author, Representative Caballero, added in an appropriation for the enforcement of the proposed law so the bill wouldn’t have to be called upon by the governor. That bill is also in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

Both HB9 and HB156 are in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, below is the contact information for the members of that committee. We urge you to reach out to the committee members and ask them to OPPOSE both bills.

Joanne Ferrary (D) joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4844

Andrea Romero (D)  andrea@andrearomero.com (email listed on the legislature website) (505) 986-4243

Liz Thompson (D) liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4425

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

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

Zac Fort

President

NMSSA

The 2022 Big Game Draw is OPEN!!!

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Frequently asked questions of the week

Q: Where can I get the Rules and Information Booklet?

A: It is best to download it directly off the website. Printed copies, in both English and Spanish, are available in limited quantities ONLY at Game and Fish offices across the state. Due to a national paper shortage, each person will be limited to a maximum of two copies and printed copies WILL NOT be available at vendors as they have in the past.  Click here to find the NMDGF office closest to you. 

Q: What is a game hunting license and why am I required to get one before I apply for the draw?

A: A game hunting license is valid for small game (migratory birds, upland game birds and squirrel) and is required by state law prior to purchasing or applying for a big game license (antelope, bear, cougar, Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina and oryx). Game hunting licenses and/or stamps purchased through the draw application are nonrefundable.

Q: If I am going to be applying for hunts for myself and two children, does each person have to have their own account?

A: Yes. Each person will need their own account. Also, if you have previously set up the accounts with the same email address, the reset my password feature will not work as the system can’t verify which account belongs to the password. It is best to try logging into your account and your children’s accounts soon to make sure they are updated before you apply for the draw. If you have a problem, you can call our office at 1-888-248-6866 and we will help you reset the password.

 

Application assistance is available virtually. You can email the Department’s Information Center or message us on FacebookInstagramTwitter or TikTok. You can also call our Information Center at (888) 248-6866.