New Mexico announces possible rule changes for deer and elk

New Mexico elk

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The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is proposing possible hunt rule changes for deer, elk and the elk private lands use system (E-PLUS). In order to discuss these proposed changes and collect public comments, NMDGF is holding four public meetings July 25 through Aug. 6.

According to Ruidoso News, the changes include:

  • Splitting the deer archery season into two seasons: one in September, the other in January;
  • Adjusting licenses;
  • Adding new hunts;
  • Increasing elk harvest in certain areas; and
  • Establishing criteria to better administer the E-PLUS program.

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Meetings will be held July 25 in Roswell, July 26 in Las Cruces, Aug. 1 in Santa Fe and Aug. 2 in Albuquerque.

If you are interested in weighing in on the proposed changes, but cannot attend a meeting, you can email your comments to, or

Click here to review the proposed changes.


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