House Bill 316, sponsored by Representative Nathan Cote (D-Las Cruces), attacks hunting, field trials, and wildlife management.
The bill would ban “animal-killing contests” which would be defined as any organized or sponsored hunting contest where more than one animal can be killed or where a hunting license is not required.
It would ban field trials where animals are hunted and killed. House Bill 316 would also ban the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish from sponsoring contests that urge hunters to hunt certain species where a prize or incentive is offered.
These types of contests or incentives often encourage sportsmen to hunt animals that are overpopulated and need additional management through hunting. This could include incentives for killing coyotes or other incentives where the Department offers entry into a special tag lottery.