Public meeting set for hunting lands proposal

September 20, 2013 • Local News

The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday to discuss the New Mexico Department of [auth] Game and Fish’s plan this year to again swap public and private lands in southwestern Chaves County for deer and Barbary sheep hunters.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Artesia Public Safety Complex, 3300 W. Main St., Room W148, No. 2. State Game and Fish and BLM personnel will be available to take public comments and answer questions.

The proposal includes swapping tracts of public property for private lands on the Rio Felix and Felix Canyon ranches to allow the public better access to several miles of private property for deer and Barbary sheep hunting.

The plan was implemented last year, but must be renewed annually.

“We think it was successful, or we wouldn’t be doing it again,” said Mike Perry, major of southwestern field operations.

The public meeting is held for anyone who might have concerns or questions about the plan, Perry said.

The state Department of Game and Fish, Pecos District of the BLM, Felix River and Felix Canyon Ranches have proposed the unitization agreement. The agreement does not affect small-game hunters, trappers, hikers, wildlife photographers or any other users of BLM lands.

Public comments about the BLM unitization agreement are being accepted through Oct. 4. Comments can be mailed to the Department of Game and Fish, 1912, W. 2nd St., Roswell, NM 8021, or emailed to

For more information, call 575-624-6135.

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