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SANTA FE, N.M. - Anglers have an opportunity to share their sport for free on Sept. 27 in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites the public to fish free at public waters statewide and encourages experienced fishermen to share their knowledge and skills with others. No fishing license is required to fish public waters Sept. 27 only, although all other fishing rules and regulations, such as bag limits and bait restrictions, still apply.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which commemorates the role hunters and fishermen play in supporting wildlife conservation through license purchases and an 11 percent excise tax on sporting equipment. That money provides more than 75 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies, which are responsible for managing protected wildlife species according to state and federal regulations.

Many men and women who never have had an opportunity to participate in target shooting, hunting, archery or fishing would be thrilled to be invited, and Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for anglers to introduce friends, family members or co-workers to their favorite outdoor sport. More information on how to make the day a success is available at

Organizations might consider hosting a special event for their community, such as information fairs or education events. Ideas and planning assistance are available at the web site or by calling Cynthia Dalena at (203) 426-1320 or E-mail

Information on fishing in New Mexico may be found in the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet, available at 230 vendors statewide and at (505) 476-8000 or





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