Monday, June 13, 2016

Special Oryx hunts available for injured servicemen and women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 13, 2016: Special Oryx hunts available for injured servicemen and women SANTA FE- Injured military service members can apply for an upcoming special drawing by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) to award three special oryx authorizations for hunts on White Sands Missile Range. Applicants must be active-duty or veterans of the U.S. military and must have a disability rating of 50 percent or greater in accordance with U.S. Veteran’s Administration guidelines for receiving disabled veteran benefits. Applicants (except NMDGF Disabled Veteran card holders) are required to provide proof of eligibility prior to the July 20 application deadline. Proof of eligibility may be e-mailed to specialhunts@state.nm.us or by postal mail with a postmark on or before July 20 to: NMDGF Attn: Special Hunts PO Box 25112 Santa Fe, NM 87504 Significantly injured, active-duty military members may also apply and will need to submit supporting documentation to the department prior to the July 20 application deadline. The drawing is open to resident and non-resident eligible applicants who do not hold a current-year oryx license. Applications will be accepted only through the department’s online license system by clicking Injured Military Oryx Hunts in the main menu. Successful applicants will be notified by the department and must buy the appropriate license(s) and pay White Sands Missile Range’s access fee. The hunts will be three days between September 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, with dates and areas to be determined by the successful applicants in coordination with White Sands Missile Range. These hunts will not be considered once-in-a-lifetime. For more information visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us or contact the department’s Information Center at 888- 248-6866.

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