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Sportsmen gain new access, campsites on state lands

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By The Staff

Sportsmen have 141 new access points in 14 counties and two new campsites near Carlsbad on state lands, the State Land Office announced today.

Of the new access points, 124 are open to walk-ins and 17 are accessible by vehicle. In all, there are now 345 access points and 11 campsites on state lands.

“Land ownership patterns in New Mexico tend to lock sportsmen out, but as promised I have been working with our lessees to create a more open and positive experience for hunters and anglers,” said State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. “Hunting is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage and my office is doing all we can to preserve these traditions.”

Nearly all of the 9 million acres of surface estate managed by Dunn and the State Land Office are leased for livestock grazing and cropland production, and during New Mexico’s hunting season are open to hunters, anglers and trappers with a valid license and all applicable permits, stamps or validations.

The State Land Office is partnering with the state Department of Game and Fish and the Bureau of Land Management to offer mobile maps of New Mexico’s big-game hunting units, hunting access points, and more through the “CarryMap” application.

This application allows users to store hunting unit maps on their mobile devices and access them regardless of cellular coverage. Access blm.gov/nm/huntingmaps/ for instructions to download the app.

A map that identifies access points and campsites located on state trust lands can be found at mapservice.nmstatelands.org/HuntingInformation/.