State Residents Having Trouble Hunting In New Mexico

New Mexico – Santa Fe retiree Ron Hammond says he'll have to go to Wyoming again this year because he can't get an antelope hunting permit in New Mexico.

Apparently, Hammond is not alone.

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation tells the Albuquerque Journal in a copyright story says New Mexico's generosity to in-state landowners and out-of-state hunters combines to squeeze out locals, and the situation is getting worse.

The federation's director, Jeremy Vesbach, says the annual draw for a big game license is an unfair system.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department argues that the system is determined by elected legislators and governor-appointed commissioners, and that the public has plenty of opportunity to debate them and provide comments.

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