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Lake Holloman Wildlife Area Special Waterfowl Hunt Regulations

Lake Holloman Wildlife Area Special Waterfowl Hunt Regulations
October 30, 2010 through January 30, 2011

The following are the hunting regulations in effect on the Holloman Air Force Base Lake Holloman Wildlife Area, to include the Southern portion of Lake Holloman, for the 2010-2011 Waterfowl Hunting Season:
  • The South Unit of Lake Holloman is the only area open to waterfowl hunting, except in cases of installation commander approved hunts for USAF personnel and guests at Lagoon G.
  • No Sandhill Crane, upland game or big game hunting allowed at any time.
  • Hunts at Lake Holloman will take place ONLY on the following days: October 30-31; November 13-14, 25-28; December 4-5, 18-19, 24-26; January 8-9, 22-23.
  • Shooting hours are from one half hour before sunrise until 12:00 pm.
  • The following duck species are a rare visitor to the Lake Holloman Area: Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter, Common Goldeneye and mergansers. Hunters are encouraged not to harvest these species, but to report sightings of these species on the bag reporting sheet at the end of the hunt or call 575-572-3931.
  • Bag limits and possession limits are the same as the state regulations for the Central Flyway for migratory waterfowl, to include the seasons for dark geese, light geese and snipe.
  • ALL hunters will access the area through the entrance on Highway 70 (approximately four miles west of main gate). Hunt parties will then draw an information card and record their card number on the kiosk next to posted markers to indicate which of the three zones they will be hunting that day.
  • Each hunting party will fill out and insert the top portion of the card in the drop box prior to the hunt, keeping the second portion in their possession at all times until the hunt is concluded. Upon the conclusion of the hunt, hunters will record their bag taken by species, sex, and number with the hunt coordinator OR each hunting party will indicate their bag on the second portion of the check-in card and insert in the drop box at the kiosk.
  • Hunting parties may have up to four persons, including youth hunters.
  • Hunters must have on their person a New Mexico state hunting license which depicts a permit number for the federal mandatory Harvest Information Program (HIP), a valid Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp), and proof of completion of an approved hunter education course. All other New Mexico and Federal hunting regulations apply.
  • All hunters must stay within their designated hunt zone at all times. This will include situations where a hunting party chooses to move to a different zone that remains unoccupied, in which case the party must change the board at the kiosk to indicate such a change of hunt zone.
  • No fixed or permanent blinds may be constructed or installed in the wildlife area. Portable or temporary blinds must be removed at the end of each hunt day.
  • Each hunter must keep their bag limit separate from those of other members in their hunt party.
  • Hunters may only use plugged shotguns capable of holding no more than three rounds and federally approved non-toxic shot. No more than 30 rounds of shotgun ammunition will be allowed per hunter when entering the hunt area. (NO RIFLES, PISTOLS OR CROSSBOWS ARE TO BE USED WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE HUNT)
  • Hunters are authorized to retrieve downed waterfowl by person, dog or non-motorized boat.
  • ALL discharged shotgun shells and other litter must be picked up and packed out.
  • Identify all birds prior to shooting; many protected birds also utilize the Lake Holloman Area.
  • Report all game violations to (575) 572-7171 or 1-800-432-GAME.
  • Please follow all other posted signs and regulations. Your cooperation will ensure that all hunt participants enjoy the hunt experience.
  • For a map of the zones, or if you have any questions, contact the Natural Resources Office at 575-572-6685.