New Mexico’s conservation officers and the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program will be out in force at this year’s New Mexico State Fair for Law Enforcement Day on Thursday, Sept. 13. Gates open at 9 a.m.
The OHV Program will display its new law enforcement tools, including the fully equipped Department law-enforcement ATV and electric motorcycles used on the roads and trails. Officers use the vehicles to make sure riders are operating on designated areas to avoid interference with hunts, respecting private property and complying with OHV laws.
“Hunting season is upon us and we want to remind OHV riders that the Department of Game and Fish will be out in the field checking them for compliance of all OHV laws to keep everyone safe,” said David Chester, OHV Program manager.
The department’s “Poach Coach” will be on display for Law Enforcement Day, presenting wildlife that has been unlawfully killed and letting the public know how to report poaching through a designated Operation Game Thief (OGT) hotline: 1-800-432-GAME.
In addition, the department will have informational OHV and OGT displays inside the Natural Resources Building at Expo New Mexico that can be seen for the duration of the fair.
This year’s admission for adults (age 12-61) is $10, Seniors (age 62 and up) and children (age 6-11) is $7 and children under 5 years old are free. Parking inside Gate 1 or Gate 8 is also free.
Uniformed law enforcement officers will be admitted free on Law Enforcement Day.
Logo courtesy New Mexico Department of Game and Fish