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    Since my last field herping trip, I've learned a lot about why it was such a blunder. Thought I would share some info for other NM herpers. Please check with the NM game and fishing laws to be sure what you are doing where you are doing it is legal. This is a guide, not legal advice. Information might change.

    Prepare BEFORE HAND - can't stress this enough. I rushed into it and wasted a full day of driving and turning around in circles, blundering about, really. With few pictures or sightings to show for it.

    Licenses Required:
    https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us
    If you are a New Mexico resident and can prove it with a drivers license, you do not need to get the non-gaming license, but you still need the other two.
    The habitat stamp is for collecting on BLM or US Forest Services land

    • Non-game Animals (Unprotected Species) - $65
    • Habitat Management and Access Validation - $4
    • Habitat Stamp - $5


    What you should bring
    • Food and water!!
    • Dress for the weather - long loose pants, light jacket available, heavy shoes and socks, gloves available
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen. It is very hot and on most days there is very little cloud coverage. You will get hot.
    • Snake boots are advised as there are lots of snakes here (I still need to get some, but I was worried about snakes the entire time and it would have been worth it to have these). Rattlesnakes pretty much cover most of the state and are most active in the evenings and at night.
    • Hand Soap - for rattlesnake bites. Better safe than sorry! Do not put ice on rattlesnake bites, do not try to suck the venom out or use any kits to remove the venom. Call an ambulance or drive to the hospital and wash the bite with soap and water.
    • Trekking pole or walking stick. There are a lot of bushes that you can tap with your stick to investigate what might be there before you step.
    • Prepared containers to keep any collected animals where they can be comfortable for a few hours.
    • Your license needs to be on your person at all times.
    • Any nets or nooses or traps (nets are pretty worthless if you are hunting in a bushy area. It will stick to the net. I suggest a lizard noose instead).
    • A map - and know where you are going before you hit the road. Not just a generalized area. Buy a $4 map from the BLM of the area you are going. Google maps is not going to cut it. You need to know where private property is and where you are legally allowed to collect. Look for the colors indicating BLM and Forest Services. Depending on the military base, they may allow collecting, but it would be a good idea to talk to the guard. I've been told conflicting information about pueblos and reserves. I avoid them out of respect. I don't know whether you can collect there. Wildlife research areas are ok to collect (that's why you are paying for that habitat stamp) however, vehicles are not allowed in that area.
    • The local BLM office may have tips on where to look. Our local Albuquerque office suggested I ask the local BLM wherever I go for tips on a specific species.
    • Know where you are going to park before hand. You can park on the side of the road unless a sign tells you otherwise. You can't park on the side of the road with a gun to hunt (obviously), but for collection, I was told by Game and Fish that it was okay. They said any land that isn't privately owned or state owned was fair game. The BLM leaned on the cautious side of avoiding reservations (which I also think is a good idea), but game and fish didn't specify it.


    Species/Land information
    Species range and distribution:
    http://www.bison-m.org/speciesbooklet.aspx

    Laws regarding collection:
    http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/cons...s_phibs%20.pdf

    List of threatened/endangered species:
    http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/pa...9.033.0006.htm

    BLM/Forest Service lands:
    http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/cons...SFS-BLKMap.htm

    Laws for using the land:
    http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/_title19/T19C034.htm

    Happy Herping!
    Last edited by Yuk; 07-08-2014 at 01:23 PM.
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    Careful near Las Cruces, I just saw this article while looking up safety tips regarding avoiding drug cartels:

    Obama Seizes 500,000 Acres of New Mexico Land for Drug Cartels and Goats | www.independentsentinel.com
    Oh my Science!

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