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USIBWC announces 2020-21 bird hunting areas


The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has released information regarding migratory and game bird hunting areas on USIBWC lands along the Rio Grande Doña Ana and Sierra counties for the 2020-2021 bird hunting season, starting with dove season Sept. 1.

Hunting must be conducted in compliance with all local, county, and state hunting rules and regulations. Hunting regulations and the USIBWC prohibit hunting where people could be endangered, such as near homes, businesses, bridges, ports of entry and areas where people are recreating.

In New Mexico, the USIBWC authorizes bird hunting in three different areas, totaling

approximately 18 miles along the Rio Grande. The hunting areas remain the same as last year. See map for details.

In New Mexico, the USIBWC levee gates in the authorized hunting areas will remain closed during bird-hunting season. Vehicle access is prohibited on the levee in areas where there are levee gates. Vehicles should not block levee gates. In Doña Ana County, the Sheriff’s Department will enforce towing of any abandoned or unauthorized vehicles.

Hunters are responsible for identifying legal access points to reach hunting areas and must respect private property as well as all municipal, state and federal properties of agencies other than the USIBWC. Do not damage vegetation in the floodplain. Remove your trash, including any shell casings, to avoid future hunting restrictions. No alcoholic beverages.

Do not discharge firearms within 600 feet of homes or businesses or toward other people. Hunters on USIBWC lands do so at their own risk. In areas where no vehicles. are allowed, hunters must access hunting areas in non-motorized transport. Hunters must have any applicable hunting license, follow state hunting laws, and use appropriate firearms. New Mexico game wardens will enforce state hunting laws on USIBWC lands. Only migratory and bird hunting is allowed. No other hunting or target practice is permitted.

Hunters must abide by all COVID-19 safety procedures and government property rules to include proper social distancing and mask-wearing,

Further information about bird hunting is available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.