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General Category => Airgun Hunting => Topic started by: Alan on July 16, 2018, 10:30:58 AM

Title: 2018/2018 New Mexico Hunting rules
Post by: Alan on July 16, 2018, 10:30:58 AM
This is an excerpt from the 2018/2019 Game rules:

Legal Sporting Arms
Quail and pheasant may be taken with shotguns firing shot, muzzle-loading shotguns, bows and crossbows. Eurasian collared-dove, grouse and squirrels may be taken with shotguns firing shot, muzzle-loading shotguns, rim-fire and muzzle-loading firearms, bows and crossbows and pellet guns that are .177 caliber and larger.

Nontoxic Shot Required on Game Commission Areas
Nontoxic shot is required for hunting any species with a shotgun on all open areas owned or managed by the New Mexico State Game Commission. Nontoxic shot includes: bismuth-tin, iron (steel), iron-tungsten, iron-tungsten-nickel, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron-copper-nickel, tungsten matrix, tungsten polymer, tungsten-tin-iron, tungsten-tin-bismuth, tungsten-tin-iron-nickel and tungsten-iron-polymer. The New Mexico State Game Commission recommends hunters use nontoxic shot for all small game hunting.

I've highlighted a couple of items of interest to airgun hunters. The second one shouldn't be construed as a requirement to use non-lead pellets. I ask about this specifically, and at present, any change requiring non-lead pellets, hasn't been considered. Hurrah for us!