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Hunting in New Mexico: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 04:54 PM

Hunting in New Mexico with groups of close friends and family can be a great bonding activity. The company often makes the long hours spent waiting speed by faster. Hunting in groups is also safer for the individual in case they are hurt. The other people can get them to a medical center quickly or provide medical aid on the spot.

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Human companions may be helpful on a hunt but their usefulness pales compared to that of man's best friend. The Art of Manliness shares that dogs have been hunting alongside man for more than 20,000 years. This is 16,000 years prior to horse domestication. A few of the most common hunting dog breeds are pointers, setters, vizslas and pudel-pointers. Man's best friend is gifted with a talented nose and sensitive ears so that they clearly sense the scents and noises of prey. Using dogs in a hunt can make for a more successful hunter and a larger harvest. This is because dogs are able to cover much more territory in the same amount of time as a human. Hunting with dogs can also reduce waste. Doug Lynn, biologist and bird hunting enthusiast, believes that, "Hunting with dogs reduces the likelihood of losing birds, including wounded birds." If you own hunting dogs, read these regulations for hunting with dogs in New Mexico before you go out for your next hung together.

  1. Small furbearing animals, such as rabbit and coyote, may be hunted by gun.

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  3. The only big game that dogs are allowed to assist in hunting are bear and cougar.
  4. Once a dog is released during a bear or cougar hunt, at least one certified hunter must be present.
  5. Leashed dogs may be used to find dead or wounded elk, deer, javelin or pronghorn antelope.
  6. Leashed dogs may not be used to find wounded or dead barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, ibex, and oryx.
  7. If hunters intend to use their dogs to find wounded or dead game, they must register them at a New Mexico Department of Wildlife & Fish office.

  8. The New Mexico Department of Wildlife & Fish states that hunting dogs may only be released during regular hunting hours and during the regular hunting season.
  9. Dogs may not be used during bow season.
  10. Dogs are not allowed in Wildlife Management Areas
  11. For a call-pen release or a dog field trail, the hunter must first obtain a permit from the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish. As of 2015, permits cost $15.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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