- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The man who oversees millions of acres of New Mexico land says he won’t negotiate over a proposed increase to hunting fees.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1OGAydJ ) that State Land Office director Aubrey Dunn told the State Game Commission on Tuesday that he will consider a lesser fee increase but won’t meet to negotiate with the commission’s director.

Commissioner Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan told Dunn he’s being too stubborn by shutting down negotiations, while commissioner Garrett VeneKlasen believes Dunn is singling out hunters.

VeneKlasen says oil, gas and grazing leases should also increase.

Dunn says he will consider charging the Department of Game and Fish $2 million over a three-year period for hunting access. His initial proposal was $2 million per year, up from the current $200,000 per year.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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