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New Mexico Game and Fish Director
Under Pressure After Hunting Violation
October 7, 2008.
The head of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department lost his hunting privileges in New Mexico and more than two dozen other states when the New Mexico Game Commission voted Thursday to revoke his license for two years.
Director Bruce Thompson was accused of shooting a deer on private land in southeastern New Mexico during a hunt last November. It's illegal to hunt on private property in New Mexico without permission from the landowner.
Thompson, who had a valid deer hunting license, said he believed he was on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land, based on coordinates entered in his global positioning system unit.
Thompson has taken responsibility for his actions, but members of the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association claim the director's handling of the incident has given the department a bad name.
Read more in the Alamogordo Daily News ....