Public Comment

Public Comment2018-08-30T12:23:16+00:00

Public Comment

We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.

For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.

Department Plans

Biennial Review

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to its Biennial Review of the status of all state-listed wildlife. The New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Act (Sections 17-2-37 through 17-2-46 NMSA 1978) mandates the undertaking of a review of the status of state-listed wildlife once every two years, along with any recommendations to uplist or downlist species. The State Game Commission formally opened the 2018 Biennial Review for an initial 90-day public comment period on March 1, 2018. A second, 14-day public comment period (closing September 19, 2018) on the draft 2018 Biennial Review was approved by the Commission at its August 23, 2018 meeting.

2018 Biennial Review DRAFT

The draft 2018 Biennial Review can be viewed on the Department’s website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/; or obtained by mail at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: John Bulger, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, john.bulger@state.nm.us. Comments will be accepted until 5 pm on September 19, 2018 by email or regular mail at the address above.

Proposed Shooting Ranges

New Mexico has an abundance of federal and state owned public lands utilized for a variety of mixed recreational activities including; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, shooting, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use. The Department has identified several areas statewide, where a structured public shooting range would consolidate recreational shooting activities and benefit all users of public lands and teach the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a responsible hunter.

The Department is working with Federal, County and City governments to secure some of these lands to construct firearm and archery ranges for public use.

Current projects include proposed ranges in these communities:

All proposed shooting ranges follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges (https://www3.epa.gov/region02/waste/leadshot/epa_bmp.pdf); meet or exceed the National Rifle Association‘s standard for range construction (https://rangeservices.nra.org/); and comply with NRA Range Safety Rules. Perimeter fencing will be installed and posted to keep hikers, horseback riders, and ATV riders from unintentionally entering the shooting range. All city, county and state building codes will be adhered to during the construction.

Comments/suggestions should be sent to DGF-ShootingRanges@state.nm.us.