NM: Northeast meetings will address new private-land antelope rules

The Department of Game and Fish will conduct three public
meetings in northeastern New Mexico this month to explain how
landowners will be affected by new rules that change the way the
state allocates private-land antelope licenses.

The State Game Commission adopted the new rules affecting the
Antelope Private Lands Use System, or A-PLUS, at its December 2010
meeting in Clovis. The rules were revised and adopted after
consideration of Department recommendations, public comments during
several Commission meetings, more than 30 statewide public
meetings, and hundreds of written public comments submitted over a
period of more than two years.

Important changes include allowing private-land antelope hunters
to hunt only within ranch boundaries, and replacing Antelope
Management Units with Game Management Units, the same units used to
identify deer and elk hunting areas statewide.

All three meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in:

Clayton – March 28, National Guard Armory, 1601 Water St.

Raton – March 29, Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York
Canyon Road.

Roy – March 31, Harding County Community Center, 557 Wagon Mound

For more information about the new A-PLUS rules and the
meetings, please contact the Department’s Northeast Area Office in
Raton at (575) 445-2311. Information about the 2011-2012 antelope
seasons can be found in the Big Game and Trapper Rules &
Information booklet, available at license vendors, Department
offices and online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.


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