Hunting season in NM starts this month

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Big game hunting begins this month and New Mexico officials say hunters should expect roadblocks by the Game and Fish Department to check for possible wildlife violations.

The agency said bear hunting starts this month in parts of the state, and some antelope hunting also is getting under way. Later there will be hunting on public lands for deer, elk and other game.

The department said its conservation officers may be assisted at roadblocks by other agencies, including state police, sheriff’s offices, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Officers will collect hunting data, check to see whether hunters have proper licenses and will look for compliance with laws governing off-road vehicles.

People hauling wood from forests also will be asked to show they have the proper permits.

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