New Mexico Hunters: Expect Roadblocks this Hunting Season


New Mexico Hunters: Expect Roadblocks this Hunting Season

Welcome to New Mexico, land of enchantment. Prepare to be randomly stopped on the road without cause.

Enchanted yet?

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish recently released a statement announcing their intention to erect roadblocks “to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations” during 2014 hunting seasons.

The statement reads, in part:

“At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Act and the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.

“Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.”

What they’re saying is that the government pretty much owns us and may detain us whenever it wishes in order to see whether or not we are behaving according to their standards. I’m not a fan.

Listen, I hate poachers as much as anyone, and I want them to be caught and prosecuted. But I do not believe in police agencies harassing citizens just because they’re traveling a certain road at a certain time, delaying their travel, forcing them to produce their “papers,” and to look for violations that may or may not exist.

No doubt other folks have other opinions, and that’s fine. Either way, the bottom line is the same: NM officials will be searching for reasons to arrest and impose fines upon folks during hunting seasons. Don’t give them any.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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