NM commission to consider antelope hunting changes

Posted at: 10/31/2012 7:39 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The state Game Commission is to consider possible changes for antelope hunting but New Mexico's Game and Fish Department says it will recommend the current licensing system remain in place.

The seven-member commission sets policies for the department, which manages hunting and fishing.

The commission meets Thursday n Raton. The department has held public hearings to solicit comments on proposals to establish a licensing system for antelope hunting similar to that for deer hunting.

Among the proposals is to continue a license drawing for public land hunts but allow licenses to be sold over-the-counter to hunt on private lands with permission of the landowner.

There have been complaints from some sportsmen that current rules don't provide enough hunting opportunities for those getting licenses in the public draw.

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