Please forward to all bowhunters in your address book.
In case you don’t know yet, the UBNM has backed this bill. Details about what we have done and continue to do to “back” the bill will follow at a later time. Here’s our official position.
The bill accomplished three things for the NM resident hunter:
1) Increases resident allocation of tags from 78% of total tags to
90% of total tags for all species except Bighorns, Ibex and Oryx.
2) Addresses the revenue issue by mandating that all applicants buy a general hunting license. Most residents do this already. Most residents and non-residents do this in other western states for which they apply as a NR. Our $90 NR general hunting license is more than competitively priced when compared to Arizona’s $151.25 NR general hunting license.
3) It lowers resident tag costs by a few dollars.
The UBNM was willing and eager to discuss possible compromises with members of “The Coalition”, namely the NM Cattlegrowers and the NM Council for Guides and Outfitters. Apparently, some discussions regarding compromise occured, but the UBNM was not invited. Perhaps these groups didn’t feel the UBNM was significant enough to pose a threat???
In any case, the bill was written without the UBNM having the ability to help design it. We’re fine with that. In it’s current form the bill will improve the system when compared to how the system is designed today. The UBNM was founded on the idea of continual improvement.
As expected, this bill will be met with major opposition from “Coalition” forces including the NM Council for Guides and Outfitters, the NM Cattlegrower’s Association, the NM Houndsmen, The NM Woolgrowers and others. I want to make it clear that the UBNM has nothing against any of these groups. They are fighting to protect their position as we will fight to advance ours. In the future I hope to work with these groups to accomplish other changes and bring forth further improvements.
The fundamental difference between the UBNM and the other groups mentioned here is this:
Their organization is tied directly to their livlihood. To most of us, bowhunting is a passion, but one that costs us money (a lot usually) instead of making us money.
For that simple reason these groups fight long and hard. It is because of their relentless efforts that the great State of NM employs game laws that are not only biased, but sometimes reckless. You won’t find a “Jenning’s Law” in Colorado or Wyoming. For way too long game laws in this state have been influenced, written and enforced in the interest of politically active groups that did not include BOWHUNTERS. Things have now changed and your support is more appreciated than I could ever express in words. The UBNM will do our best to show our appreciation of your support through results!
Jesse W. Deubel
UBNM – President
PS – As always, if you have comments, questions or concerns regarding ways that the UBNM can work to improve bowhunting in NM, you can call me directly.