Monthly Archives: July 2010

A-Plus Proposals… Are out..

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Okay by now you guys know that I pretty much don’t care what people think… I call it like I see it… Well, Game and Fish tried to pull a fast one.. Seriously…  The original idea was that G and F was going to have several options for us to look at.. We started with 6 but then last night only 2 showed up… Option 2 – Do Nothing Option 1- make A-Plus like E-Plus.  This wouldn’t do ANYTHING to help resolve the issues of NR getting 73% of the tags…  It looked like we were in a no-win situation….  I WAS PISSED.. I was wondering why we went thru all of this drama….

So this morning I started calling people trying to figure out what happened, I called everybody I could think of and everybody had seen the same thing…  Well, as the morning progressed NMWF called and said…”Guess what, we have a third option”  it is a full draw…  I would love to dig to the bottom of all of this and I have some ideas but it isn’t my place to let the cat out of the bag.

STUFF LIKE THIS IS EXACTLY WHY NOBODY TRUST’S GAME AND FISH….

So follow this LINK to get the summary!!!!

SO… If you ask me OPTION 3 is the only option… FULL DRAW!!!!!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 28, 2010:
MEETINGS WILL ADDRESS PROPOSED HUNTING RULES FOR BEARS, COUGARS, ANTELOPE

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is conducting public meetings and requesting comments on hunting and licensing rules for bears, cougars, antelope and deer that will be presented to the State Game Commission this year.

The proposed rules are available for review on the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Pronghorn, bear and cougar management will be discussed at public meetings statewide before final recommendations are presented to the Game Commission on Aug. 28. To review proposals for cougar, bear and deer hunting, and proposed changes to the Antelope Public Lands Use System, please visit the Department Web site under the “Issues and Answers” tab.

Comments can be mailed to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Wildlife Management Division, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or e-mailed to nmdept.ofgameandfish@state.nm.us.

Public meetings:

Northwest Area

  • Aug. 3: Tierra Amarilla, Rio Arriba County Complex, Building 149, Commission Chambers, N.M. 531 and N.M. 162, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 4: Farmington, Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 4: Estancia, Torrance County Administrative Building, Commission Room, 205 Ninth St, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Albuquerque, Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place NE, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Northeast Area

  • Aug. 3: Raton, Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road, 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Clayton, National Guard Armory, 323 S. Third St., 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 10: Roy, Harding County Community Center, 557 Wagon Mound Highway, 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 12: Taos, Juan Gonzales Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 17: Tucumcari, Convention Center, Liberty Room, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 19: Las Vegas, Highlands University, Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall, 6-9 p.m.

Southwest Area

  • Aug. 14: Las Cruces, Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Dr., 1-4 p.m.
  • Aug. 16: Silver City, Grant County Business & Conference Center (old Wal-Mart), U.S. 180 and 32nd St., 6-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 17: Socorro, City Council Chambers, 111 School of Mines Road, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Southeast Area

  • Aug. 2: Carlsbad, U.S. Bureau of Land Management office, 620 Greene St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 3: Ruidoso, U.S. Forest Service district office, 901 Mechem, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Roswell, Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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All about the Martinez Family!!!

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Hey Guys… I love it when people send me stories like this… Vinny and I met about 10 years ago.  I was leaving the office one day and some dude was showing off some deer he had killed, it was Vinny…  Ever since then we have been buds..

Anyway, He recently was telling me about a fishing trip he took wit the family and I asked him to have the boys write something up for me.. sooo here it is…

Jason

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My name is Elijah, I just turned 8 on July 16. My parents, my brother Zachary and I went to Red River for the 4th of July . I love to go because the parade, and playing on the playground near the convention center is fun. The fireworks at Eagle Nest Lake is loud and bright! We like to fish at Red River city pond. My grandparents stayed in a rental cabin that we visited, and they have a cool small pond. My grandpa asked us if we want go fishing and we said yes, so we went over. My dad fixed the hook for me, with a sinker and a bobber. I know how to put bait on the hook. I can cast the line into pond and I used the red fireballs. I waited till I saw the bobber go down, then up, then down again. I pulled my rod up hard and there is a fish on the hook, so I reeled it in real fast. It’s hard to reel because it’s a big fish so my dad helped me hold the rod and I reeled it in. My dad pulled rod up, and pulled the fish out of the pond. It’s big! My fish was 17 inches. We were all happy. We caught 5 fish all together. My dad didn’t fish because he is happy to watch me and my brother catch the big fish.

My name is Zachary. I am 6 years old. I love to go fishing with my brother Elijah, my dad and mom. We go to Red River every year for the 4th of July and camp for 4 days. I like to run and get candy at the parade, play on the playground, especially climb the rock wall and slide. We go to Eagle Nest Lake at night to watch fireworks. There are cool colors. My dad helped me put a hook, a sinker and a small yellow/orange bobber so I can watch if it goes down under water to let me know the that fish bit my bait. My grandparents stayed at a cabin that has a pond where there are big fish. I told my dad I saw a big fish. I told my dad to hurry up so I can catch the fish. I put worms on it that my dad dug from our backyard. The bobber went under the water and it didn’t come up so I reeled it fast but it was hard to reel, so I told my dad to help me and my dad held the rod while I reeled, and my dad pulled out the line with a big fish. I grabbed the fish, and yelled “big fish”. I was so happy. My dad measured it and it was 18 inch fish. We had fun fishing at that pond. My brother caught 3 and I caught 2. I love to go fishing with my dad.

Our family always makes a 4th of July trip to Red River, NM, our 8th annual trip. We got married on 4th of July 1998. it is our 12th anniversary. Hopefully we’ll keep our traditional trip every year. We stay at different places and make reservations ahead of time, even a year ahead. We do like to stay in River Ranch Rv park. They have full hook ups, (TV and Microwave) haha, which is good for us.. I pull a 21 Ft travel trailer. Red River is an awesome place to kick back, watch the boys play around the playground, walk the town, let my wife do some shopping, whatever, because we guys always go fishing in different places like their city pond, and Fawn Lakes. It is not far to walk to fish or do something in town. Only 30 miles from Red River to Eagle Nest Lake to watch the fireworks. The parade is always good. Lots of candies & goodies. They have a few different activities for the kids to participate in. See you in Hill, Vinny

The Martinez MEN!!!!!

NR Tags… ALL about the Money

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Wow…

This is interesting… I pulled this from NMWF… GOOD STUFF GUYS… Keep the pressure on..

Listen to what McClintic says about the money issue..

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Click here to listen to the seven-minute exchange between Silver City hunter Larry McDaniel and Commission Chairman Jim McClintic (also on the recording are Commissioner Tom Arvas and Assistant Director Pat Block.)  Click here to read the transcript.

Please note that McDaniel is correct. Department figures show that E-PLUS landowners received more than 40 percent of the elk allocation each of the last three years. For the 2009-10 license year, the department gave E-PLUS landowners 18,846 authorizations (45.8 percent) while putting 22,294 licenses (54.2 percent) in the Big Game Draw.

Also for clarification, Chairman McClintic says 150,000 people applied for 47,000 licenses. There were 150,000 applications: Several hunters apply for multiple species, resulting in multiple applications per applicant. The number of applicants is close to 91,000.

Chairman McClintic also tells McDaniel that Montana has “137 times more antelope” than New Mexico. It isn’t clear where that information is from, but it does not appear to be correct. The NM Department of Game and Fish web site does not have information about New Mexico’s antelope population. But Montana, according to recent antelope population data on the Montana web site, has about 216,000 animals. If that’s 137 times more than New Mexico, New Mexico would have fewer than 1,600 antelope. Currently NMDGF offers some 6,000 antelope hunting licenses a year.

Left-over Tags!!!!

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Hmmm.. There are some cool tags left.. Burro Mountains and Elk in 13 and 15…

Sweet…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 15, 2010:

YOUTH ELK, LEFTOVER DEER, JAVELINA LICENSES GO ON SALE IN AUGUST
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PROGRAM ACCEPTING GRANT PROPOSALS
COMMENTS SOUGHT ON STATE ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES LIST

YOUTH ELK, LEFTOVER DEER, JAVELINA LICENSES GO ON SALE IN AUGUST

SANTA FE — Youth and adult hunters who missed a shot at a big-game hunting license during this year’s annual drawing will have another chance this August when the Department of Game and Fish puts more than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina licenses up for sale on the agency Web site.

The online sales will be first-come, first-served and will be conducted in two parts on different days. The first sale will be Aug. 4 for elk licenses reserved only for youths younger than age 18. The second sale will be Aug. 11 for deer and javelina hunts available to youth and adults. Both sales will begin at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Here are some details about the sales:

Youth Encouragement Hunts

  • On sale: 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
  • Licenses available: Approximately 1,900 elk licenses, including about 1,700 for any legal sporting arm and 200 for muzzleloaders. All of the muzzleloader hunts are for elk of either sex. All but 100 of the any legal sporting arm hunts are for cow elk. A complete list of available hunts, including dates and unit numbers, will be announced soon on the Department Web site.
  • Eligibility: Only hunters younger than 18 who were unsuccessful in the regular drawing and whose applications were not rejected for reasons such as lack of funds, incorrect forms or failure to file a harvest report are eligible to purchase a youth encouragement license. Youth also must have successfully completed an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a license.

Available hunts

Any legal sporting arm:

  • Unit 5B, Nov. 26-30, 20 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 6A, Nov. 26-30, 50 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 6A, Dec. 26-30, 50 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 6C, Nov. 26-30, 50 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 6C, Dec. 26-30, 50 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 10, Nov. 26-30, 35 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 13, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 13, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 15, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 15, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-A, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-A, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-C, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-C, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-D, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-D, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-E, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 16-E, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 17, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 17, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 34, Dec. 26-30, 80 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 36, Nov. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 36, Dec. 26-30, 60 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 49, Nov. 26-30, 50 either-sex licenses.
  • Unit 50, Dec. 26-30, 80 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 51, Nov. 26-30, 90 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 51, Dec. 26-30, 90 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 52, Nov. 26-30, 50 antlerless licenses.
  • Unit 53, Nov. 26-30, 40 either-sex licenses.
  • Unit 53, Dec. 26-30, 100 either-sex licenses.

Muzzleloader and bow:

  • Unit 9, Nov. 26-30, 150 either-sex licenses.
  • Unit 9, Dec. 26-30, 50 either-sex licenses.

Leftover deer, javelina licenses

  • On sale: 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
  • Licenses available: Approximately 430 javelina licenses and 2,760 deer licenses. Available deer licenses include about 259 hunts for any legal weapon, 1,668 archery hunts and 838 muzzleloader hunts. A complete list of available hunts, including dates and unit numbers, will be announced soon on the Department Web site.
  • Eligibility: Residents and nonresidents of any age who meet youth hunter safety requirements and filed a mandatory harvest report if they held a deer or elk license for the 2009-2010 seasons.

Deer licenses available

Youth-only, any legal sporting arm:

  • Unit 30, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 61 licenses.
  • Unit 30, Nov. 13-17, 179 licenses.
  • Unit 58, Dec. 4-8, 3 licenses.
  • Unit 59, Nov. 25-28, 1 license.
  • Unit 59, Dec. 4-8, 15 licenses.

Archery only:

  • Unit 13, Sept. 1-24, 70 licenses.
  • Unit 13, Jan. 1-15, 65 licenses.
  • Unit 15, Jan. 1-15, 46 licenses.
  • Unit 16, Jan 1-15, 74 licenses.
  • Unit 17, Sept. 1-24, 64 licenses.
  • Unit 18, Sept. 1-24, 37 licenses.
  • Unit 18, Jan. 1-15, 9 licenses.
  • Unit 20, Sept. 1-24, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 21, Sept. 1-24, 128 licenses.
  • Unit 22, Sept. 1-24, 15 licenses.
  • Unit 23, except Burro Mountains, mule deer, Sept. 1-24, 65 licenses.
  • Unit 23, except Burro Mountains, white-tailed deer, Sept. 1-24, 72 licenses.
  • Unit 23, except Burro Mountains, white-tailed deer, Jan. 1-15, 15 licenses.
  • Unit 24, white-tailed deer, Sept. 1-24, 48 licenses.
  • Unit 24, white-tailed deer, Jan. 1-15, 21 licenses.
  • Unit 25, Sept. 1-24, 47 licenses.
  • Unit 25, Jan 1-15, 20 licenses.
  • Unit 26, except Big Hatchets, Sept. 1-24, 24 licenses.
  • Unit 26, except Big Hatchets, Jan. 1-15, 13 licenses.
  • Unit 27, white-tailed deer, Jan. 1-15, 3 licenses.
  • Unit 29, Sept. 1-22 and Jan. 1-15, 93 licenses.
  • Unit 32, Sept. 1-22 and Jan. 1-15, 18 licenses.
  • Unit 39, Sept. 1-22 and Jan. 1-15, 12 licenses.
  • Unit 40, Sept. 1-22 and Jan. 1-15, 38 licenses.
  • Unit 47, Sept. 1-22, 8 licenses.
  • Unit 48, Sept. 1-22, 5 licenses.
  • Unit 50, Sept. 1-22, 1 license.
  • Unit 56, Sept. 1-22, 5 licenses.
  • Unit 58, Sept. 1-22, 13 licenses.
  • Unit 59, Sept. 1-22, 10 licenses.

Muzzleloader and archery:

  • Unit 13, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 131 licenses.
  • Unit 15, Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 51 licenses.
  • Unit 18, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 31 licenses.
  • Unit 20, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 64 licenses.
  • Unit 21, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 288 licenses.
  • Unit 22, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 50 licenses.
  • Unit 23, except Burro Mountains, mule deer, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 204 licenses.
  • Unit 23, except Burro Mountains, white-tailed deer, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 38 licenses.
  • Unit 23, Burro Mountains, white-tailed deer, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2 licenses.
  • Unit 24, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, mule deer, 103 licenses.
  • Unit 24, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, white-tailed deer, 42 licenses.
  • Unit 25, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 43 licenses.
  • Unit 26, except Big Hatchets, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 59 licenses.
  • Unit 30, Oct. 23-27, restricted muzzleloader, 200 licenses.
  • Unit 33, Oct. 23-27, restricted muzzleloader, 4 licenses.
  • Unit 37, Oct. 23-27, restricted muzzleloader, 24 licenses.
  • Unit 40, Oct. 23-27, 15 licenses.

Javelina licenses available

Any legal sporting arm:

  • Statewide, except Units 19 and 23-27, Jan. 16-March 31, 141 licenses.

Archery:

  • Units 19 and 23-27, Jan. 16-31, 52 licenses.
  • Statewide, except Units 19 and 23-27, Jan. 1-15, 241 licenses.

Hunters are strongly advised to obtain or review an online customer account, including a Customer Identification Number, user name and password before the sales begin. Popular hunts sell out minutes, sometimes seconds after the sales begin.

For more information and updates about the leftover license and Youth Encouragement license sales, please check the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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I pulled this from the Silver City News…. It looks like the Commision is starting to feel the heat..

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State Game Commission approves new rules

Sun News Report

Posted: 07/15/2010 10:30:16 PM MDT

SILVER CITY – Meeting for nearly nine hours last Thursday in Silver City, the State Game Commission approved new rules for elk and several other big game species, extended the popular Habitat Stamp program and voiced support for a plan to simplify hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and stamps.

Also, youth and adult hunters who missed a shot at a big-game hunting license during this year’s annual drawing will have another chance this August when the Department of Game and Fish puts more than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina licenses up for sale on the agency Web site.

Some sportsmen in Silver City may have shied away from speaking at the meeting after watching members of the commission challenge the testimony of hunters who came to the microphone.

Larry McDaniel, a Silver City veterinarian, went to the podium thinking he had three minutes to talk. Instead, his testimony was interrupted several times by Chairman Jim McClintic, his facts were disputed and his ideas were contested.

McDaniel started off his testimony in jest, saying he hadn’t drawn an elk tag in several years and that he thought his chances might improve if he moved to El Paso, Texas, and applied as a non-resident. He encouraged the commission to bring New Mexico more in line with other western states, citing our liberal nonresident quota (22 percent) as a major concern.

“But the big kahuna is the over 40 percent (of elk tags) that go to private landowners,” McDaniel said.

McClintic interrupted, saying, “That’s not an accurate number, sir.”

NMDGF Assistant Director Pat Block said 40 percent was a little high.

“I believe that’s a little bit on the high side,” Block told the commission. “When you look at the licenses (that are sold through E-PLUS), it’s about a third; when you look at the total number authorized, it does get closer to that 40 but it’s probably on the high side. Over the last 10 years, it’s never hit 40 percent, with either measure.”

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation said department figures show that E-PLUS landowners have received more than 40 percent of the licenses each of the last three years – licenses that the landowner can transfer or resell. For the 2009-10 license year, the department gave E-PLUS landowners 18,846 authorizations (45.8 percent) while putting 22,294 licenses (54.2 percent) in the Big Game Draw.

Of the 18,846 authorizations given to E-PLUS landowners, only 10,974 were used, which left 7,872 licenses unsold. That translates to lost revenue for the Department of Game and Fish and lost opportunity for New Mexico resident hunters.

After McDaniel’s testimony, which resulted in a heated argument with McClintic, McDaniel told the NMWF that he was surprised by the treatment he received and that he called Gov. Bill Richardson’s Office of Boards and Commissions to lodge a complaint against McClintic.

“I felt like I was treated rudely,” McDaniel said. “I was interrupted repeatedly. I thought it was bizarre. I was expecting them to take what I said into consideration and say, ‘OK, we’ve heard you and we’ll consider your comments.’ I was just surprised by the whole thing.”

The Commission approved several broad changes for big game rules, including extending legal hunting hours to 30 minutes after sunset, and allowing crossbows in hunts open to all other weapon types. The NMWF also commended the department for actively seeking sportsmen’s comments on the proposals and providing a 60-day comment period. The Habitat Stamp program was extended for another 10 years, and a proposal was brought forth to allow a simpler license and stamp system.

In reference to the online sales of deer, elk and javelina licenses, they will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be conducted in two parts on different days. The first sale will be Aug. 4 for elk licenses reserved only for youths younger than age 18. The second sale will be Aug. 11 for deer and javelina hunts available to youth and adults. Both sales will begin at 10 a.m.