As fall hunting seasons get underway the Department of Game and Fish will conductroadblocks throughout the state to collect harvest data and detect wildlife law violations.
Conservation officers may be assisted by other 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.
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.
Everyone is encouraged to report any violations they may observe, such as shooting from a vehicle, spotlighting or driving off-road. For more information, consult the Department's hunting rules and information books, available on the Department’s website, at area offices and at license vendors.
To report a wildlife-law violation, contact a Department area office in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell or Las Cruces or call toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at (800)432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed. Violations also can be reported online at Operation Game Thief.