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New Mexico Poised to Reduce Non-Resident Opportunity

March 24, 2011.

On March 18, the New Mexico state House approved Senate Bill 196 and the Senate voted its concurrence a few hours later. If Governor Susana Martinez signs the bill into law, non-resident hunting opportunity will be reduced by more than 3,000 elk, antelope and other Big Game Draw licenses starting in 2012.

SB 196 increases the resident quota to 84% from 78%, and also gives residents all elk licenses in state wildlife management areas and all cow elk tags statewide.

Nonresident hunters who choose not to hire an outfitter will receive 6% of licenses under the new bill, down from 10% now.

And 10% of licenses go to hunters, both resident and non-resident, who hire an outfitter. Currently, there is a 12% quota for guided non-residents.

The final decision on SB 196 lies with Governor Martinez.

If you've ever wanted to hunt in New Mexico, apply now before opportunities are significantly reduced and draw odds become much tougher.

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