Department of Game and Fish
About the Department
Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish brings nearly $1 billion a year to the state’s economy, often to rural areas where funds are needed most. Receiving no money from the state’s General Fund, we are funded by our customers — the anglers, hunters and trappers who enable us to conserve wildlife and provide recreational opportunities that benefit everyone.
License sales annually provide approximately $24.5 million, our primary funding source. This is supplemented by the federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, which provides an additional $13.6 million by matching on a three-to-one basis the dollars we invest in conservation. With these funds from fishing, hunting and trapping we provide services that extend far beyond license sales or simply patrolling for poachers.
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New Mexico State Game Commission
The New Mexico Legislature created a three-member State Game Commission in 1921. The commission eventually became a seven-member citizens’ body that sets hunting and fishing regulations, hires the Department of Game and Fish director, oversees spending of a more than $35 million annual budget, and sets the department’s overall direction.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507