Monthly Archives: March 2014

Terk – Extended Draw Period

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Over  all this is good news… The Dept did the right thing….

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REVISED: CORRECTED PHONE NUMBER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 26 2014:

APPLICANTS FOR BIGHORN SHEEP, ORYX AND IBEX HUNTING LICENSES ELIGIBLE FOR FULL REFUNDS

SANTA FE – Hunters who applied for bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex licenses for the 2014-15 seasons and are unsuccessful in the drawings will be eligible for full refunds of application fees and license fees, the Department of Game and Fish announced Wednesday.

   Application fees normally are nonrefundable whether a license applicant is successful or not. This year’s departure from that practice is in response to Monday’s ruling in U.S. District Court that vacated a 1977 injunction that prohibited the Department from applying preferential quotas that benefitted state residents in drawings for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex licenses. The injunction allowed nonresidents to enjoy the same odds as residents when applying for those species.

   Because of Monday’s ruling, the Department will begin applying the same quotas this year to bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex applications as it applies to deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and Barbary sheep. According to those quotas, 84 percent of licenses are allocated to New Mexico residents, 6 percent are allocated to nonresidents, and 10 percent are allocated to applicants –residents and nonresidents – who use New Mexico outfitters.

   Applicants for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex who choose not to participate in the new quota system must delete their applications by April 18. Applications can be deleted through online accounts or by telephone toll-free, (888) 248-6866.

   “The Department determined that it will be most equitable to refund the normally nonrefundable application fees to applicants who are unsuccessful or who choose to withdraw their application due to changes resulting from the recent court decision, and to comply immediately with state law,” Department General Counsel Allison Marks said.

   Because the option to apply with outfitters was not offered on this year’s application forms, hunters who would like to designate a valid outfitter will be able to do so and join the 10 percent license allocation pool. To add a New Mexico outfitter to an application, the applicant will be required to call the Department and provide the application number, customer identification number and the outfitter number no later than April 18.

   The court ruling prompted the Department to delay this year’s drawing by approximately one week. Drawing results will be available no later than April 30.

   For more information about the drawing, refunds and the application process, please call the Department toll-free, (888) 248-6866

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Terk Press Release..

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THE KEY IS “WITH THIS YEARS DRAW”…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 24, 2014:
Court ruling gives New Mexico resident hunters better odds in drawings for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex
   ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico resident hunters scored a big victory Monday with a U.S. District Court ruling that allows the Department of Game and Fish to reinstate quotas that give state residents a big advantage over nonresidents when applying for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex hunting licenses.
   “This is an important decision and a huge win for New Mexico hunters,” said Paul Kienzle, newly elected chairman of the State Game Commission. “It’s been a long fight, but New Mexicans now have a good shot at those quality hunts, as intended by the governor and the state legislature.”
   Monday’s ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo vacated a 1977 injunction that prohibited the Department from applying preferential quotas that benefited state residents in the drawings for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex licenses. Because of that injunction, nonresident hunters enjoyed equal odds with residents in the annual drawings.
   Beginning with this year’s draw, resident hunters who apply for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex licenses will enjoy the same odds as those who applied for any other big-game species. Currently, state residents receive 84 percent of all public licenses issued through drawings. Nonresidents receive 6 percent and hunters using outfitters – residents and nonresidents – qualify for 10 percent of public licenses. The application deadline for 2014-15 big-game licenses was March 19.
   “The injunction has prevented the Department from complying with state law to the detriment of New Mexico residents and in opposition to the will of the governor and the legislature,” Department Legal Counsel Allison Marks said. “Judge Armijo unequivocally found New Mexico’s statutory quota does not violate federal law. The judge’s quick decision affords the Department the opportunity to make immediate changes to the draw system in order to comply with state law.”
   Several conservation organizations supported the Department’s motion to vacate the injunction. They included United Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the New Mexico Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the Southern New Mexico Chapter of Safari Club International.
   The injunction applied only to bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex because at the time of the legal challenge, they were the only species of big game in New Mexico for which the State Game Commission provided an in-state preference for license allocation.  The injunction was issued in connection with a 1974 lawsuit by David B. Terk, a Texas resident and hunter. Terk challenged New Mexico’s license allocation system that gave him a lower chance of drawing a license than state residents would enjoy.

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Terk Overturned

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This has been a long hard fight but we won… It is a good day for Residents..

GOOD DAY FOR RESIDENT HUNTERS..

Huge news this morning — a federal judge has overturned the Terk v. Gordon injunction, which has prevented NMDGF from applying the NM resident quota law to oryx, ibex and bighorn sheep. NMWF was instrumental in getting Game and Fish to take the issue to court, and today it paid off.

AWESOME….
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A huge thanks to to Kirk Werner and The Open Fly Podcast cast for support the Youth Encouragement Project…  I will give a formal review later but here is a pic of the kids books…

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Meet the Stalker

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Another YEP Winner

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We have another Youth Encouragement Project Winner

Peyton Smith, this is part of the email that her father Mike Smith sent me.

We live over in Clovis, NM and I’m determined to get my daughter into bow hunting.  She killed her first antelope with a rifle this past fall, and she got a bow for Christmas.  We shoot our bows as often as possible, but I’m looking to get her out in the field for the opportunity and to experience an Elk hunt

Great job to both Peyton and Mike…

Here are some pictures.

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More Bidegain Info..

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This just gets uglier and uglier… I pulled this from the ABQ Journal

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By PUBLISHED: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:05 am

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Oklahoma City lawyer Jason Roselius had purchased a cougar license in New Mexico and had been waiting for just such a telephone call:

A cougar had been spotted on the Bidegain family’s T4 cattle ranch near Tucumcari. “It’s gonna be a good one,” Roselius was told by Larry Webb, a hunting agent and guide for the T4.

The lawyer made his way on Feb. 9 to Tucumcari, where he was met by Scott Bidegain, who at the time was chairman of the state Game Commission.

By the time Roselius and Bidegain got to the ranch, hunting dogs had a male cougar cornered in a cave.

Roselius got out of a truck, walked to the cave and killed the cougar with one shot from a .243-caliber rifle. He posed for a photograph with the cougar, Webb and two other men allegedly involved in the hunt. Bidegain snapped the photo.

SCOTT BIDEGAIN: Governor's Office asked him to resign from Game Commission

SCOTT BIDEGAIN: Governor’s Office asked him to resign from Game Commission

The cougar was gutted. Roselius wrote a check to Webb for $9,000 – $5,500 for the hunt and $3,500 as a tip for the guides.

The cougar hunt wasn’t just less than sporting; it was illegal, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. The recounting of the hunt is based on Game and Fish investigation reports, including signed statements by some of the men involved.

Under hunting regulations, a hunter who kills a cougar must be present continuously once any dog is released.

Also, although Roselius had purchased a cougar license in New Mexico, he had not bought a required game-hunting license and habitat management access validation stamp, according to Game and Fish.

On Feb. 17, in state Magistrate Court in Tucumcari, the department filed charges of unlawful hunting or fishing against Bidegain, Webb, of Newkirk in eastern New Mexico, and two others: Billy Ivy of Canyon, Texas, and Chad Hassell of Childress, Texas.

Bidegain told investigators that he, Ivy and Webb had an agreement to take hunters seeking cougars for $5,000. The T4 is one of the state’s largest ranches, with a reported 180,000 deeded acres.

Roselius was charged with unlawful hunting or fishing and unlawful hunting or fishing without a license. He and the others are awaiting arraignment. They face possible fines and jail time.

Roselius, 44, a law graduate of the University of Oklahoma, also has a home near Angel Fire and is a gun collector in addition to being a hunter. In 2010, he paid nearly $900,000 at auction for a shotgun used on a safari by President Theodore Roosevelt, according to published reports.

Bidegain, an appointee of Gov. Susana Martinez, resigned as chairman of the Game Commission the weekend before the charges were filed. His resignation letter said:

“Unfortunately, I was present during a hunting incident earlier this month that will result in charges being filed shortly. I believe that it is in the best interest of the Commission and the Department that I step down at this time. I think you should be proud to know that, throughout this incident, the officers at the Department acted honorably and professionally.”

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Thursday that Game and Fish hadn’t shared details of its investigation with the Governor’s Office.

“We were briefed on their findings and were told they had enough evidence to charge him. Based on that information, our office asked Mr. Bidegain to resign,” Knell said in an email.

At the time of his resignation, Bidegain already was under fire for taking part and winning money in a coyote-killing contest in Nevada. Nine conservation groups had called for Martinez to remove him from the Game Commission.

Bidegain, Roselius, Hassell and Webb couldn’t be reached for comment for this story. They haven’t entered pleas to the hunting charges.

In a telephone interview, Ivy, who also hasn’t entered a plea, said there are “a lot of tree huggers in New Mexico” and the charge against him was a “little old bitty misdemeanor.”

“I’m sure we’ll have to pay a fine,” he said. “I hate that it happened.”

Ivy said he wasn’t part of any agreement to share in the fee paid by Roselius to hunt on the T4 ranch and that he hasn’t received any money as a result of the cougar kill.

The legal problems began shortly after the cougar hunt when Bidegain, Roselius, Ivy and Hassell met a Game and Fish conservation officer in the parking lot at McDonald’s in Tucumcari to have the cougar “pelt-tagged” by the officer, as required by hunting regulations.

Officer Elizabeth Glenn asked Roselius for his cougar license, but Roselius said that while he had the license number stored on his cellphone, he didn’t have a paper version.

Under hunting regulations, however, a cougar license must be blacked out or punched immediately after a kill, and the hunter must present both the license and the hide for pelt tagging by Game and Fish.

After leaving the McDonald’s, Glenn discovered in a records check that Roselius hadn’t purchased a game-hunting license and a habitat stamp to go along with his cougar license.

The officer met again with Roselius, who said Bidegain had advised him that he didn’t need a paper version of the license, according to investigation reports.

Glenn then asked Roselius to describe the events of the day of the cougar kill, and more problems emerged. The officer wrote:

“Mr. Roselius said when he arrived (at the T4 ranch) the dogs were already up in the hills because he could hear them barking. He and Mr. Bidegain hiked to the location where the dogs had cornered a cougar in a cave. Mr. Roselius told me he shot the cougar once in the chest and that it died shortly after.”

The results of Glenn’s investigation quickly moved up the chain of command at the Law Enforcement Division of Game and Fish, and a sergeant, major and colonel with the department met with Bidegain, Ivy and Webb on Feb. 11 at a New Mexico truck stop near the Texas border.

Col. Robert Griego wrote in an investigation report that Bidegain, while being interviewed separately, told him some of what Ivy and Webb were going to say.

When Bidegain was told the story seemed fabricated, Bidegain agreed, Griego wrote. The colonel said he then warned Bidegain that lying would make the situation worse.

Bidegain, Ivy and Webb were allowed to talk among themselves, then confirmed to the officers what Roselius had said earlier: that the hunting dogs were turned loose and had the cougar cornered in the cave prior to Roselius arriving, according to their written statements.

Game and Fish recovered the cougar’s pelt and skull from a taxidermist in Amarillo.

UpFront is a daily front-page news and opinion column. Comment directly to Thom Cole at tcole@abqjournal.com or 505-992-6280 in Santa Fe. Go to abqjournal.com/letters/new to submit a letter to the editor.

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