NM hunters get big win in federal court

March 24, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents now have an advantage over out-of-state hunters when it comes to landing licenses to hunt the state’s bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex thanks to a federal court ruling issued Monday.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo lifted a long-standing injunction that had prevented the state Game and Fish Department from allocating licenses to hunt the three species based on residency.

Armijo, responding to a motion filed by the department, found the injunction was no longer equitable because of changes in the law and court rulings in other states that have backed up quota systems that benefit resident hunters.

The injunction stemmed from a legal fight in the 1970s in which David Terk of Texas challenged New Mexico’s higher fees and Login to read more

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