Vol 62 #1 – Spring 2019

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Salvaging roadkill

    Conservation officer assists family with harvesting meat from roadkill Getting dispatched to deal with injured or road-killed wildlife such as a deer or elk is fairly common in my district, an area in northwestern New Mexico that spans from the Arizona state line east to the community of Thoreau and …

  • 13 June

    The art of the hunt… a daughter’s experience

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge wildlife biologist Jeff Sanchez guided Willow Springer during a youth hunt. The hunt is available only by annual lottery.

    You can hear the quiet — it’s that noticeable. Save for the silver tinkle of water trickling over an irrigation head gate on a small ditch several yards behind us, the pre-dawn dark is without sound, without motion. The stillness is as steady as the stars. I’m taken by the …

  • 13 June

    Out of Range

    Two bull moose browsing willows at Tincup Pass, west of Buena Vista, Colo. Department photo by Mark Watson.

    Moose from southern Colorado wander into New Mexico Moose have called the Rocky Mountains home for millennia but have never been found as far south as New Mexico, until recently. Since the 1990s, moose have occasionally been spotted in northern New Mexico around the Taos, Chama and Tierra Amarilla areas. …

  • 13 June

    Bald eagles of the Four Corners

    Soaring over Navajo Lake.

    The Four Corners area is an often overlooked spot for wildlife viewing and photography. People are surprised by the variety and amount of animals that call this area home, spend part of the year or pass through on their migration. Having worked in the area for the past 20 years, …

  • 13 June

    Selecting the best fishing opportunity

    Tingley Beach. Department photo by Ross Morgan.

    If you are an angler new to New Mexico fishing, there are a myriad of choices facing you. This goes for resident and non-resident anglers. These choices can be quite daunting to a newbie. I am sure that more than a few potential anglers “stalled out” and never pursued this …

  • 13 June

    Elk green chile stew

    Elk green chile stew recipe. Department photos by Alexa J. Henry.

    With a freezer full of green chile pods from last fall’s harvest, this recipe is a nice way to use of some of those bags because the seasons change and green chile vendors are offering up fresh roasted chile. I typically make this stew with ground bison; using fresh elk …

  • 13 June

    Kids Tracks

    Black-footed ferret;Department photos by Jim Stuart.

    Ferrets, cool jobs, and more Including interactive activities: Animal eyes, Cold water fish vs. warm water fish.

  • 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 …

May, 2019

  • 23 May

    Q&A: Living with bears

    Q&A with department biologist Rick Winslow

  • 23 May

    What’s in a hunting dog?

    For some, the answer is everything. A dog can be a person’s best friend. A dog can also be used for work or therapy, service assistance, search and rescue and so much more. One dog profession that I am fond of is hunting. Hunters, mentors and guides gather on a …