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Title 50Chapter ISubchapter CPart 32Subpart B → §32.50


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 32—HUNTING AND FISHING
Subpart B—Refuge-Specific Regulations for Hunting and Fishing


§32.50   New Mexico.

The following refuge units are open for hunting and/or fishing as governed by applicable Federal and State regulations, and are listed in alphabetical order with additional refuge-specific regulations.

(a) Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of goose; duck; coot; mourning and white-winged dove; and sandhill crane on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We restrict hunting in the Middle Tract to the following times:

(A) You may hunt only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the period when the State seasons that apply to the Middle Tract area are open simultaneously for hunting all of the species allowed.

(B) You may hunt only until 1 p.m. on each hunt day.

(ii) On the South Tract, we allow hunting only during special hunts (hunters with disabilities and/or youth hunters age 17 and younger).

(iii) You must remove all waterfowl decoys and all temporary blinds/stands after each day's hunt (see §27.93 of this chapter).

(iv) We allow the use of dogs when hunting.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of pheasant, quail (scaled, Gambel's, bobwhite, and Montezuma), Eurasian-collared dove, cottontail, and jack rabbit on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow rabbit hunting on the North Tract only during the season that is concurrently open for quail hunting within the State.

(ii) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (ii) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of mule deer, white-tailed deer, and feral hog on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters may take feral hog (no bag limit) only while legally hunting deer and only with the weapon legal for deer on that day in that area.

(ii) You must remove all temporary blinds/stands after each day's hunt (see §27.93 of this chapter).

(4) [Reserved]

(b) Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of mourning and white-winged dove and light goose on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow hunting of light goose on dates to be determined by refuge staff. Hunters must possess a permit available through a lottery drawing (Waterfowl Lottery Application, FWS Form 3-2439, Hunt Application—National Wildlife Refuge System).

(ii) You must remove all waterfowl decoys, spent shells, all temporary blinds/stands, and all other personal equipment at the end of each day's hunt (see §§27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter).

(iii) We allow the use of dogs when hunting.

(iv) We prohibit falconry on the refuge.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of scaled, Gambel's, bobwhite, and Montezuma quail and cottontail rabbit on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The conditions set forth at paragraphs (b)(1)(ii) through (iv) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of mule deer, oryx, and bearded Rio Grande turkey on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) The condition set forth at paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section applies.

(ii) You may hunt on the east side of the Rio Grande only by foot, horseback, or bicycle. Bicycles must stay on designated roads.

(iii) We allow hunting of bearded Rio Grande turkey for youth hunters on weekends April through May. All hunters must fill out FWS Form 3-2439 (Hunt Application—National Wildlife Refuge System) and pay a fee. The permit is available through a lottery drawing. If selected, you must carry your refuge hunt permit (FWS Form 3-2349) at all times during the hunt.

(4) Sport fishing. We allow fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow fishing from April 1 through September 30.

(ii) We allow fishing from 12 hour before legal sunrise until 12 hour after legal sunset.

(iii) We prohibit trotlines, bow fishing, seining, dip netting, and traps.

(iv) We allow frogging for bullfrog on the refuge in areas that are open to fishing. We allow the use of hook and line, spears, gigs, and archery equipment to take bullfrog.

(c) Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of mourning dove and goose on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) You must possess and carry a refuge hunt permit (FWS Form 3-2439, Hunt Application—National Wildlife Refuge System).

(ii) We allow the use of dogs when hunting.

(iii) We allow hunting of goose on dates to be determined by refuge staff. Hunters must possess a permit (FWS Form 3-2439, Hunt Application—National Wildlife Refuge System).

(iv) Shooting hours for geese are from 12 hour before legal sunrise to 1 p.m. local time.

(v) We assign a bag limit for both light goose and Canada goose.

(2)—(4) [Reserved]

(d) Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge. (1)-(3) [Reserved]

(4) Sport fishing. We allow fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow fishing from noon March 1 through October 31.

(ii) We allow boats on Lake 13 only during the fishing season; boats must travel at trolling speed only.

(e) San Andres National Wildlife Refuge. (1)-(2) [Reserved]

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of oryx or gemsbok (Oryx gazella) and desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana) on designated areas of the refuge as governed by White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) regulations subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters using livestock (i.e., horses or mules) must provide only certified weed-free feed to their animals while on the refuge. You must feed livestock weed-free feed exclusively for 3 days prior to arrival on the refuge.

(ii) We allow all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use by hunters or members of their hunting party, for game retrieval only. ATVs must remain on designated roads. All vehicles, including trailers and ATVs, must be cleaned of mud, vegetation, and other debris prior to use on the refuge.

(4) [Reserved]

(f) Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of mourning dove, white-winged dove, goose, duck, and coot on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) In Units A and B, legal hunting hours begin from 12 hour before legal sunrise and will not extend past 1 p.m. on each hunt day. Hunters may access Units A and B from 1 hour before legal sunrise until 1 hour after legal sunset.

(ii) In Unit B, we allow waterfowl hunting from designated blinds only.

(iii) We allow the use of dogs when hunting.

(iv) At Unit A, in the Cornerstone Marsh Unit, we give priority use to disabled hunters (per Mobility-Impaired Certification in the State Hunting Rules and Information pamphlet).

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of Gambel's quail and Eurasian collared-dove on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (f)(1)(iii) and (iv) of this section apply.

(ii) In the Rio Puerco Unit, legal hunting hours will run from 12 hour before legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(iii) We allow falcons to hunt dove in the Rio Puerco Unit only.

(iv) We open to Eurasian collared-dove hunting only during the State South Zone mourning and white-winged dove season.

(3)-(4) [Reserved]

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