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Should Non-Residents Get Fewer Licenses in New Mexico?

October 7, 2010.

Non-resident hunters could see a dramatic decrease in hunting opportunity in New Mexico under legislation State Senator George Munoz is considering. The Gallup, NM senator announced this week that he plans to introduce a bill in the Legislature in January to decrease nonresident hunters’ share of big game licenses and is asking hunters to weigh in on the issue.

Current state law gives New Mexico residents 78 percent of most big game licenses. 10 percent of licenses are set aside for unguided nonresidents, and 12 percent of licenses are guaranteed to nonresidents who hire an outfitter. Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana guarantee up to 90 percent of licenses to their residents.

“I believe New Mexico residents should be guaranteed a greater percentage of licenses in the draw," Senator Munoz said, "but I’d also like to know what you think so I can refine legislation before the legislative session starts in January."

The senator's office has posted a short online survey at www.newmexicohuntingsurvey.com. You can also find more information on the senator's perspectives at that location.

Be sure to share your opinions.

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