HOUSE BILL 197
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Doreen Y. Gallegos and Raymundo Lara and Willie D. Madrid
and Patricia A. Lundstrom
RELATING TO FISHING; INCREASING THE TIME FOR FREE FISHING DAYS DESIGNATED BY THE STATE GAME COMMISSION FROM SATURDAYS TO WEEKENDS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 17-3-17 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1964 (1st S.S.), Chapter 17, Section 8, as amended) is amended to read:
"17-3-17. FISHING WITHOUT LICENSE--EXCEPTIONS.--
A. It is a misdemeanor for any person, except children who have not reached their twelfth birthday, to take or attempt to take any game fish from any public stream or water in this state without carrying a proper fishing license as provided by law. The presence of any person, except children who have not reached their twelfth birthday, along any public stream or water in this state with fishing rod, hook or line, without carrying a proper fishing license, is prima facie evidence of the violation of this section. The director of the department of game and fish or any conservation officer may require any person along any public stream or water in this state with fishing rod, hook or line to exhibit the person's license.
B. The director, with the approval of the state game commission, may designate no more than two nonconsecutive [Saturdays] two-day weekends in each year as free fishing days. During the free fishing days, residents and nonresidents may exercise the privileges of holders of proper fishing licenses without having proper fishing licenses and without payment of any license fees, subject to all limitations, restrictions, conditions, laws, rules and regulations applicable to holders of proper fishing licenses.
C. The director may designate, by special permit, fishing events during which the requirement for a fishing license or permit pursuant to Chapter 17 NMSA 1978 is waived exclusively for designated event participants. During the special permitted events, residents and nonresidents may exercise only the privileges as allowed by the director. The director's special permit shall substitute for the requirement of any license or permit pursuant to Chapter 17 NMSA 1978, and no payment of any license fee is required. The director's special permit shall be for a period of no longer than three days, and all other laws and rules shall apply."
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