Local Brief: Hunting season opens today

Hunting season is upon us with today serving as opening day for deer, elk, squirrels, doves, grouse and band-tailed pigeons in New Mexico, according to a NM Department of Game and Fish news release.

Hunters are urged to stress safety in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in camouflage. Hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to wear bright clothing so they are easily visible to hunters.

According to the Department of Game and Fish, more than 28,000 deer hunters and 32,000 elk hunters will be in the field from September through December. As many as 25,000 hunters are anticipated to try for squirrels, upland and migratory birds, and waterfowl.

Specific laws and rules include:

  • No shooting within 150 yards of a dwelling or building without landowner permission
  • No shooting within 40 feet of a graded, maintained public road or paved surface
  • No hunting on private land without written permission
  • No littering

Complete information about small-game and big-game seasons is available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us, at any department office or at any license vendor.

— Staff report

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