New Mexico Game And Fish Director Faces Poaching Penalty

_The head of the New Mexico's Game and Fish Department could lose his hunting license for two years for illegally shooting a deer on private land . . . .

An independent hearing officer heard testimony Monday about a November 2007 incident on the Diamond T Ranch west of Roswell in which director Bruce Thompson shot a deer. It's illegal to hunt on private property in New Mexico without permission from the landowner.

Thompson . . . said he believed he was on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land . . . .

[T]he hearing officer made a preliminary recommendation that Thompson's hunting license be revoked for two years._