Vol 62 #1 – Spring 2019

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Hunter education… why wait!

    Students learning the importance of shot placement at one of the Hunter Education camps at Washington Ranch near Carlsbad.

    Firearms safety. Ethical shot placement. Respect for natural resources. These may be some concepts that come to mind when you think of hunter education. In the 1940s, volunteer sportsmen and women who had the desire to raise ethical behaviors and actions by hunters while in the field established hunter education …

  • 13 June

    Black-footed ferrets reintroduced

    A released ferret peeks out from a black-corrugated tube. Department photo by Jim Stuart.

    Hiding inside small pet carriers in the back of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck, eight very rare animals that once thrived in New Mexico waited to go home. It was a sunny, late September afternoon when wildlife biologists, conservationists, ranchers and local residents gathered on the side of …

  • 13 June

    Share with Wildlife Projects

    Bendire’s thrasher nest with eggs. Photo by Allison Salas, New Mexico State University graduate student.

    The Share with Wildlife program at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish funds wildlife research, education and rehabilitation projects every year. These projects typically focus on species that are not hunted or fished and that have scarce funds available for their conservation, management and other support. For 2019, Share …

  • 13 June

    Wildlife water woes

    Game and Fish biologists and officers fill up side by sides to the max with fencing materials and tools to install the new Crossroads wildlife drinker and a fence to keep out livestock. Department photo by Cody Johnston.

    Wildlife in the southeast New Mexico desert get a new drinker If you are from southeastern New Mexico or have spent any time here you know it is a dry and at times hot climate. It can be really hot, windy and dry in the summer months with not much …

  • 13 June


    Jeremy Lane is the Department of Game and Fish public information officer for the Southwest Area.

    Taking inventory of the Mesilla Valley Bosque In the pre-dawn hours of Mesilla, bleary-eyed biologists are debating whether the large black bird they just saw fly over was a common raven or a Chihuahuan raven. The discussion isn’t pedantic one. They are participants in a BioBlitz at Mesilla Valley Bosque …

  • 13 June

    Blind hunter sets no limits for himself

    Mike Sanders with a pronghorn he harvested last August. Department photo by Craig Sanchez.

    With the help of good friends and adaptive equipment, Mike Sanders goes after big game When Mike Sanders lost his eyesight in an industrial accident at an oil refinery 15 years ago, he thought he would never hunt again. Today, he will hunt anything he can get a tag for …

  • 13 June

    Conservation officer assists disabled hunter

    During a wildlife complaint call in 2017, Sergeant Andrew Armendariz of the Roswell Supervisory District provided information about huntingv opportunities to Richard Cole, a handicapped, mobility-impaired (MI) hunter from Alamogordo. Cole, a military veteran whose left leg was amputated above the knee, was tasked with fueling 12 ships as a …

  • 13 June


    Department photo by Tristanna Bickford.

    Merriam-Webster’s defines mentorship as the influence, guidance or direction given by a mentor. To me, mentorship means so much more. Earlier this year I was driving through Western New Mexico. It was pitch black, the complete cloud cover blacking out any hint of light from the moon and stars. The …

  • 13 June

    Open Gate

    Deer quarters salvaged from roadkill. Department photo by Storm Usrey.

    Department partners with U.S. Forest Serviceto offer access to La Fragua Canyon In the Jicarilla Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, there is an area known as La Fragua Canyon. The canyon lies on the western boundary of the National Forest and adjoining Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and …