Outdoor Notes 12-25-13

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Information sought in poaching case

ALAMOGORDO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the apprehension of an individual or individuals believed to have illegally killed four deer and then dumped the carcasses near Alamogordo.
The deer carcasses were found Dec. 1 along Dulce Road in the Boles Acres subdivision south of Alamogordo. Most of the meat and the head of one deer had been removed. Several Wal-Mart bags of deer meat also were found at the site.
The person who found the carcasses reported seeing a maroon Ford F-150 pickup in the area of the dump site.
Anyone with information about this apparent poaching incident or any information about the Ford pickup is urged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-432-4263.
Callers also may contact Marcelino Peralta, Alamogordo District wildlife officer, at 575-430-4212. Callers need not identify themselves.
If the information leads to an arrest or filing of charges, the caller may be eligible for a $500 reward.

Youth waterfowl hunts set in Bernardo

BELEN – The Department of Game and Fish is providing New Mexico youth hunters more opportunities to hunt waterfowl at the Bernardo ponds south of U.S. 60 between Belen and Socorro.
The ponds, which exclude the Quagmire area, are reserved for special youth-only hunts Thursday through Sunday, as well as Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.
The ponds are open to all waterfowl hunters on Christmas Day and all other Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during open seasons.
Leftover youth-only waterfowl hunt permits are still available. To qualify for these hunts, applicants must be a New Mexico resident younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt, and must possess a Hunter Education Course Certificate number or a mentored-youth hunting program registration number.

Snowmobilers reminded to register machines

The Department of Game and Fish is reminding snowmobile operators to observe safety requirements and register their snowmobiles before using them on public lands.
The New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Act of 2005 and subsequent legislation in 2009 was designed to protect the safety of off-highway vehicle users and ensure responsible use of off-highway vehicles on public lands.
Under the OHV Act, registration is required for all snowmobiles before they are used on any public lands in New Mexico. Snowmobiles used exclusively on private land are exempt from registration requirements.
New Mexico residents must have their off-highway vehicles registered with the state Motor Vehicle Division to legally operate them on public lands. Registration is $50 every two years ($53 for initial registration).
Nonresidents whose off-highway vehicles are not registered in their state must obtain a permit to legally operate on public lands in New Mexico. Permits cost $48 for two years or $18 for 90 days.
For more information about New Mexico’s Off-Highway Vehicle Act, contact the Off-Highway Vehicle Program at 505-222-4727.

-New Mexico Department of Game and Fish