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Valencia pheasant hunt to be limited

Tom Treweek El Defensor Chieftain Reporter


Valencia County has put a low limit on the number of pheasant hunters allowed on public land during the one-day season Dec. 11.

Only 50 hunters will be allowed in the two public areas where hunting is allowed.

Of those chosen, 25 will be allowed in the bosque from the border of Isleta Pueblo to Belen, and the other half will be allowed in the bosque from Belen to the southern county line.

In previous years, there was an unlimited amount of public pheasant permits available.

Scott Brown, of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said the new rules were made because of safety concerns and trespassing complaints.

Private landowners whose acreage is sufficient for hunting (Brown estimated that five to 10 acres would be enough, depending on where the neighboring houses stood) can still apply for an unlimited number of private permits.

Landowners must provide proof of ownership and acreage to the Department of Game and Fish.

Hunters who receive one of these private permits must along with their license and carry written permission to hunt from the owner whose land they are on.

All hunters must also carry a valid small game license.

The county had previously decreased the number of days the season lasted hoping that hunters would choose to hunt elsewhere.

"It used to be three or four days; now it's down to one," said Brown. "Hunters may go somewhere that they can hunt for three days."

Brown expects to have a lot of people in Valencia County to check licenses and permits. "We'll probably saturate it a little more because it is the first year," said Brown.

Applications for the public permit must be postmarked by Sept. 11.

Applications for private permits must be taken to the Albuquerque Game and Fish office by Dec. 10. All applications require a $6 application fee.

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