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.
The hunting license bill is SB196.
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