Ross Morgan

Ross Morgan
Ross Morgan is the department of Game and Fish public information officer for the Northwest Area. He can be reached in Albuquerque at

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    Four Additional Black-Footed Ferrets Released at Wagon Mound Ranch

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish released four additional black-footed ferrets at a ranch in Wagon Mound late September in an effort to augment a small population reintroduced at the site a year earlier. The ferrets were transported to the site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s …

September, 2019

  • 27 September

    Hone your Big Game Hunting skills by Hunting Small Game

    Hone your Big Game Hunting skills by Hunting Small Game - NMDGF

    When it comes to staying sharp and proficient at big game hunting, most hunters spend their time practicing at the range. However, one way to stay sharp, sighted in and put some extra meat in the freezer is hunting small game. Small game can be anything from a squirrel to …

July, 2019

  • 24 July

    Catching kokanee

    Salmon photo: Department photo by Martin Perea.

    Kokanee salmon are not native to New Mexico. A land-locked sockeye salmon, they thrive in some of the deeper and colder plankton-producing lakes in our state such as Heron, El Vado, Navajo, Abiquiu and Eagle Nest Lakes. Kokanee mature between three to five years old and achieve sizes of three …

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Turn tips into cash by calling Operation Game Thief

    Operation Game Thief (OGT), a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish program, offers rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. The OGT program is a Crime Stoppers program for wildlife that began here in New Mexico in 1977. In fact, the program was modeled after the first Crime Stoppers …

April, 2019

January, 2019

  • 7 January

    Habitat Improvement

    Because Wildlife Depends on it . . . All outdoor enthusiasts love to see a lot of wildlife, whether it’s a hunter, hiker or photographer. Habitat improvements are implemented all over the world to benefit wildlife. New Mexico is no exception. These improvements not only play a pivotal role in …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Wildlife telemetry

    Tracking devices exist that can aid in the research of birds, mammals, fish, insects and arachnids, but with each different species come separate challenges. This backpack-style transmitter works well with wild turkeys. NMDGF pthoto by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    The importance of telemetry in wildlife conservation Wildlife tracking has been around for centuries, but most of the time it had little to do with research. More than 500 years ago, falconers in Europe were known to place leg bands on their birds as a sign of ownership, but it …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Dynamic hunter education camps

    Jeremy Lane, the Game and Fish Southwest Area public information officer, assists a young hunter education participant on the proper stance and handling of a shotgun prior to shooting it during a hunter education camp at Philmont Scout Ranch. Photo by Ross Morgan, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Parents and youths are having fun learning at the new New Mexico Department of Game and Fish hunter education camps. These camps deviate from the more traditional classroom-heavy learning experience. Instead, the focus is more interactive for eligible youths 11 years of age and older. Any hunter in New Mexico …

  • 28 October

    Quail hunting southeast N.M.

    Gambel's quail. Photo by Dan Williams, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    They’re small, fast, elusive and disappear quickly, but that’s part of what makes quail hunting fun and, occasionally, frustrating. For those who have not been out on a quail hunt recently, it may be time to reconsider. Quail populations are highly dependent on precipitation and, in recent years, New Mexico …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Dust off the fly rod

    A Rio Grande cutthroat trout reared at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery, New Mexico. NMDGF photo by Martin Perea, New Mexico Wildlife magazine.

    Dust off the fly rod and visit local streams for some fun. The temperatures are nice and the weather is beautiful, which means it’s time to get out for some small- stream trout fishing in the mountains. This time of year it should be amazing. For those who enjoy catching …