It’s Hunting Season – Safety Is First Priority

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) urges hunters and other visitors to make safety their top priority during hunting season on the forest.
 
Be respectful of the Forest Service’s multiple-use mandate, and remain aware of your surroundings. A good rule of thumb is look up, look down, look all around.
 
Another recommendation is to review the Forest Service website for hunting safety tips and rules that apply to all national forests and grasslands.
 
Hunters on the SFNF are advised to use extra caution in areas previously burned by wildfires which may have a large number of hazard trees and unstable soils prone to flash flooding. Burn areas are especially dangerous during strong winds and heavy rain. 
 
Many SFNF campgrounds will remain open during hunting season. Hunters are encouraged to contact the local Ranger District for current road and campground conditions. 
 
All hunters are required to carry valid game-hunting licenses issued by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), and youth under 18 are required to show proof that they have passed a state-certified hunter education course or are currently enrolled in the New Mexico Mentored-Youth (MY) Hunting Program
 
In addition, licensed hunters, anglers and trappers on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or NFS lands in New Mexico are required to purchase a Habitat Stamp from the NMDGF. The Habitat Stamp Program is a cooperative management program that provides ecologically diverse wildlife and fish habitats on NFS and BLM lands. New Mexico sportsmen purchase approximately $900,000 worth of Habitat Stamps each year, and the funds go to habitat improvement projects.
 
The use of drones for hunting or locating game is illegal in New Mexico. For additional information about New Mexico hunting rules and regulations, please visit the NMDGF website.
 
Hunters on the Santa Fe National Forest are required to follow travel management regulations which designate roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use.  The 2015 Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at all SFNF offices. Hunters may also contact the appropriate Ranger District for additional information on motorized big-game retrieval.
 
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