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Public meetings to focus on new private land antelope rules

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

-- Three public meetings during April in southeastern New Mexico will focus on how landowners will be affected by new rules changing the way private-land antelope licenses are allocated.

The State Game Commission adopted the new rules affecting the Antelope Private Lands Use System, or A-PLUS, at its December 2010 meeting in Clovis.

The rules were revised after considering Department recommendations, public comments during Commission meetings and more than 30 statewide public meetings, and hundreds of written public comments submitted over a period of more than two years.

Important changes include allowing private-land antelope hunters to hunt only within ranch boundaries, and replacing Antelope Management Units with Game Management Units, the same units used to identify deer and elk hunting areas statewide.

All three meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m.  They will be held April 12 in Roswell at the Game and Fish office, 1912 W. 2nd. St.; in Carrizozo  on  April 13 at Lincoln County Courthouse, 300 Central, and  on April 14 in Portales at ENMU Science Building, Room 108, 1414 S. Ave. K. 

For more information about the new A-PLUS rules and the meetings, contact Ryan McBee, Southeast Area game manager at (575) 624-6135.

 Information about the 2011-2012 antelope seasons appears in the Big Game and Trapper Rules & Information booklet, available at license vendors, Department offices and online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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