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Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting and fishing seasons

The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during spring and fall hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to apprehend wildlife law violators.

New Mexico’s fishing season unofficially opened April 1, when new licenses are required. Spring turkey season opens April 15.

At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with provisions of 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.

To report a wildlife-law violation, please contact a Department of Game and Fish area office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces, or call the toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed.