Press Release: Game commission may change deer draw dates

The State Game Commission will meet July 2 at Heron Lake State Park
to consider changing the date of the annual application deadline and
drawing for deer hunting licenses, and to set season dates and bag
limits for 2009-10 small game and waterfowl seasons.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the
visitor center of Heron Lake State Park, approximately 13 miles south
of Chama on N.M. 95, three miles off U.S. 84. The full agenda, detailed
agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the
Department of Game and Fish Web site, [
http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ ]www.wildlife.state.nm.us or by
calling (505) 476-8008.

The Commission will consider moving
the application deadline for deer licenses from April to February to
give hunters who are successful in the draw the opportunity to buy
discounted licenses including junior, senior and combination licenses,
which are available after March 31 annually. In addition, the
Commission will consider a proposal to simplify the deer licensing
process by eliminating the deer hunting permit. Successful applicants
would be issued a deer license, similar to the way elk, antelope and
other big-game licenses currently are issued.

If approved, the hunting license drawings would be: