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2021-22 NM Hunting Rules

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Rocky Mountain Gun Show Cancellation


We received more information on the May show cancellation.

“Unfortunately we had to cancel our event in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the center has become a vaccination site. We are hopeful that our event in November will not be cancelled and are looking forward to coming back to the Albuquerque area.”

There is still an expected July 24-25 and November 20-21 show.

Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms

For those who aren’t aware, there has been an ongoing problem with ARs and the definition of a firearm.  Since the first AR, the serialized lower receiver has been defined as the firearm, however the lower doesn’t fit the definition of a firearm.  This means the whole time the ATF has been improperly following their own rules.  As a result, many of those who assembled ARs or made and sold lowers and were taken to court won their battles due to the ATF’s own screwup.  Due to problems with definitions, i.e. bumpfire stocks, etc., the ATF has been asked to rethink the whole thing and basically start over.  They are in the process of doing that and you have been invited to respond to the potential new rules.

On May 7, 2021, the Attorney General signed ATF proposed rule 2021R-05, Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms. The goal of the proposed rule is to ensure the proper marking, recordkeeping, and traceability of all firearms manufactured, imported, acquired and disposed by federal firearms licensees.

Please note that this is the text of the proposed rule as signed by the Attorney General, but the official version of the proposed rule will be as it is published in the Federal Register.


This proposed rule would:

  • Provide new definitions of “firearm frame or receiver” and “frame or receiver”
  • Amend the definition of:
    • “firearm” to clarify when a firearm parts kit is considered a “firearm,” and
    • “gunsmith” to clarify the meaning of that term and to explain that gunsmiths may be licensed solely to mark firearms for unlicensed persons.
  • Provide definitions for:
    • “complete weapon,”
    • “complete muffler or silencer device,”
    • “privately made firearm (PMF),” and
    • “readily” for purposes of clarity given advancements in firearms technology.
  • Provide a definition of “importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number”
  • Provide a deadline for marking firearms manufactured.
  • Clarify marking requirements for firearm mufflers and silencers.
  • Amend the format for records of manufacture/acquisition and disposition by manufacturers and importers.
  • Amend the time period records must be retained at the licensed premises.


Submit a Comment

ATF is receiving comments on the proposed rule for 90 days from the date the proposed rule is posted in the Federal Register.

You may submit comments by mail, fax or the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting and fishing seasons

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New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.

The 2021-2022 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Hunters and anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the spring and summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required.

Youth turkey season begins April 9 and the general season begins April 15. For more information, please consult the Department’s Hunting Rules and Information booklet.

At roadblocks, conservation officers will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.

Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.

Everyone is encouraged to report any wildlife crime or suspected crime they see while enjoying New Mexico’s great outdoors.

To report a wildlife crime, please call Operation Game Thief toll free at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed. Violations also can be reported online at Operation Game Thief.

New Distinguished Shooter

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitor for achieving this prestigious status!

#1510  Andrew Schmidt, Albuquerque, NM

Robbie Roberts (11/30/1946 – 3/29/2021)

Dear Instructors and Friends,

I am deeply saddened to share the news that the hunter education family has lost another amazing member. I was notified this morning that Robert “Robbie” Roberts passed away yesterday morning. Robbie was an Instructor in Raton and worked at the NRA Whittington Center for 20 years. Previously he managed the shooting range in La Luz, NM.

As many of you may know, Robbie was an avid shooter and dedicated his life to teaching others the many skills of safe and responsible shooting and hunting. Robbie became a certified Hunter Education Instructor in 2000 and was most involved in teaching courses during the Adventure Camp Sessions offered at the NRA Whittington Center.

Robbie played an integral role in the shooting community not only in hunter education, but with the youth shooting sports program and as well in his local communities and nationally. The shooting community has lost a great man.

Please keep his wife Doris, his family, friends, and the NRA Whittington Center in your thoughts.

(Editor’s Note:  I took two classes from Robbie at the NRA Whittington center.  Sorry to see him go)

Upcoming Special Legislative Session

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If you haven’t heard yet, the New Mexico Legislature will be back for a special session starting March 30th. At this time, the declared agenda is legalizing recreational marijuana and and an economic development bill. The NMSSA team will be closely following the session and we will let you know if anything pertaining to our right to keep and bear arms surfaces.

During the past legislative session, on many occasions, people who are subscribed to our updates reached out to me on the status of other items that are not gun related. While I am happy to help as I have time, there are a lot of other good organizations out there lobbying on issues not related to guns. At NMSSA, we have a strict policy of never giving out information on our members or email subscribers to any third party. Working with New Mexico Business Coalition, who has helped us lobby on gun and public safety issues, we put together an optional survey for folks who want to get more involved in other issues. Here is the link to the survey. The survey is optional and they will only receive your information if you volunteer it to them.

NMSSA Weekend Legislative Update: March 13th

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We are now down to just one week left in the 2021 Legislative Session. There were two developments this week you should know about. First, HB193, the expansion of the “red-flag” gun confiscation order, was sent from the floor of the House to the House Rules & Order of Business Committee. This is a strong indication that the bill is dead as it was sent back to a committee by the Speaker of the House without a vote on the floor on the bill. It is worth noting that one of the bill’s sponsor’s, Representative Ely, has already said he intends to try again with the bill next year. Second, HB306, the NMSSA supported bill that would impose hard time deadlines on NMDPS to process concealed carry applications and renewals, was called up at the last minute to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. After a debate on the bill, the committee voted 5-5 on a motion for a due pass. Since the vote was tied, the bill will stay in the House Judiciary Committee for now.

The sponsor of HB306, Representative Lord, was able to speak to the NMDPS Concealed Carry Unit Director about the proposal. The director did not oppose the bill, and recognized that many individuals faced long waits for concealed carry permits and permit renewals in 2020. Even if we are unable to move forward with HB306, we were able to use the bill to get the attention of NMDPS and open a dialogue on why many New Mexicans faced delays in 2020, and how NMDPS can work to process application in a timely fashion going forward. As we enter the final week of the Legislative Session, we will continue to send updates on what is happening.

Zac Fort
New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

Oryx Trophy Hunt Drawing

Miss out on a Trophy Hunt this year due to COVID!? We feel ya, but we’ve got something you JUST MIGHT be interested in to help….

Trophy Oryx Hunt Free Range on 350,000 acre Private Ranch




About the Event

Hunt #03-03-2021 

Trophy Oryx Hunt Free Range on 350,000 acre Private

Armendariz Ranch ,

Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

  • Donation $100 per Ticket
  • ONLY 200 Tickets Available 

Hunt Includes:

 1 Trophy Bull Oryx

1  Mature Bull – Hunter’s Choice

1 New Mexico Game and Fish Oryx License and Game hunting License are included. DSCNM will provide the Winner with a check to cover the cost of either a non-resident or resident Oryx license and game hunting license 30 days prior to the scheduled hunt date so winner may purchase the required license’s from NMGF

1 Private land Oryx Permit, for the Trophy Bull Oryx

1 on 1 Guide service while on ranch property Guide will provide snacks, lunch and beverages while in the field

Ø Transportation while on the ranch during the hunt

Ø Field care along with skinning and transportation prep of animal

Ø 3 – day hunts -spot & stalk / truck – Hunters will see multiple Oryx each day hunted with multiple opportunities. (most will harvest the first day)

NOT Included:

Ø Lodging and meals Not Included

Ø Accommodations,

o Most hunters stay in Truth or Consequences (approximate 30 min drive to property) Several hotels and restaurants are located in Truth or Consequences

Ø Transportation to and from hunting area Not Included

Ø Gratuities (customary based on hunt Value 10-15%)

Ø Items of Personal Nature

Hunt Dates: Available Dates from Outfitter between April 1st, 2021 to March 31st 2022

Hunt Value $7,000


The hunt will take place on world Armendariz Ranch

Hunts are all fair chase & Free Range (not high fenced) Conducted on over 350,000 acres of private ranch land near Truth or Consequences, NM

No Draw Required – Private Land Oryx Permits / Over the Counter Licenses.

Dates available for Oryx Hunts – Schedule anytime April 1st, 2021 through March 31st, 2022 from Outfitter available Dates– Hunt any month of the year!

Licenses can be purchased online at

Or at any dealer (sporting goods store, Walmart, Etc.)

Do not purchase Licenses / permits until just prior to hunt dates – licenses are nonrefundable – licenses can be purchased just prior to hunt dates. Contact DSCNM or Del Re Outdoor Expeditions for details.

Wound / Loss Policy is strictly enforced – any wounded animal is considered a harvest, Guide will give their best effort to recover a wounded animal, however another animal will not be allowed without additional fees

Hunt is considered complete after harvest and trophy care of Harvested Oryx.

DSCNM would like to Thank Joe Del Re and Del Re Outdoor Expeditions for MAKING THIS DREAM Hunt Available.

** Please note that this hunt may not be sold, transferred, or assigned to another party without the express written permission of Del Re Outdoor Expeditions and DALLAS SAFARI CLUB NEW MEXICO.

All Drawing Rules Posted on DSCNM website apply to this drawing.

See our Facebook Page to get entered or just CLICK ON THE RAFFLE TICKETS ABOVE!


Stay tuned to (and interact with) our social media channels for more chances to get in on winning the awesome items we have up for grabs for just a FRACTION of the item cost!

#HuntNM21 – Deadlines are approaching quickly

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Apply now for the Big Game Draw

Apply Here 2021

21 RIB

Deadlines are approaching fast:

March 10 at 5:00 p.m.Deadline to qualify for the incentive program.

March 17 at 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to apply for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx. Deadline to submit late 2020–21 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey; an $8 late fee will apply. Apply now.

April 7 – Deadline to submit 2020–21 harvest reports for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapper license holders to be eligible for big-game licenses. Submit report.

Hunters, even if you are not ready to apply, make sure that you can log into your account. Hold times are already extended and expected to get longer. Log into your account here.

NMSSA Weekend Legislative Update: March 6th

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With just two weeks to go in the 2021 Legislative Session, we wrapped up a successful week. In the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, HB102, the taxpayer funds give-a-way to anti-gun groups, was tabled on concerns on the structure and source of the recurring funding the bill called for. It is possible that the bill will be brought back, but the clock is starting to loom large over legislative deliberations. HB193, the expansion of the “red-flag” gun confiscation law, has now been sitting on the floor of the house for a week with no movement on the bill. SB224, the firearm storage mandate or “criminal protection act,” is still in the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting action.

We are still monitoring the others bills we have sent out alerts on, but at this point in the session, our primary focus is on stopping HB193 and SB224 as those two bills are the furthest along and stand the highest chance of passing. We will keep you apprised of any and all developments; and we will send out alerts if any of the gun related bills will be heard.

Zac Fort