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10:36 am
Mon January 24, 2011

New Mexico Hunters Would Get More Licenses Under Senate Bill

New Mexico – A state legislator wants to give New Mexico residents a better chance of getting a license to hunt elk, deer and other big game.

Sen. George Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, has introduced legislation that would give New Mexicans at least 90 percent of the the big game licenses allocated through a public drawing.

Under the current quota system, 78 percent of licenses are reserved for New Mexico residents and out-of-state hunters get 22 percent. Critics say that split shortchanges New Mexico residents.

The legislation has been assigned to the Senate Conservation Committee.

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The hunting license bill is SB196.

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Online:

Legislature: http://www.nmlegis.gov

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