Recreational Opportunities

January, 2019

  • 7 January

    Recruiting New Hunters

    I sat on the edge of a cornfield with my son and his friend. White clouds exploded from our mouths with each breath. It was early November, and this sandhill crane hunt would be my son’s first hunt. He had drawn a coveted youth permit to hunt cranes on the …

  • 7 January

    Winter bird feeding tips

    Ditch screen time for your window Bird alert! This is a note of fair warning before proceeding. The activities encouraged in this article could lead to an obsession with birds, feeding birds and identifying birds. Major side effects could result in a severe reduction in time spent staring at screens! …

  • 7 January

    Outwitting the fish

    Outwitting New Mexico’s official state fish From nearly anywhere in my Santa Fe County home, I have the most fortunate view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s where the Rockies start in New Mexico. As I write this, day melds into night, that period when the Muses visit painters …

  • 7 January

    Bosque del Apache

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is undoubtedly one of the best places in New Mexico and the southwestern United States to photograph large concentrations of waterfowl and other wildlife exhibiting natural behavior. Each fall and winter tens of thousands of ducks, cranes and …

  • 7 January

    Pass It On

    Age of hunters and anglers indicates something is missing People taking the time to read a magazine published by a state wildlife agency are likely interested in the outdoors. Among those people are hunters, anglers and trappers. Perhaps some belong to a sportsmen or conservationist group that keeps a wary …

  • 7 January

    Sunrise 14,089

    It is said that Homo sapiens will witness approximately 25,000 sunrises in a lifetime. Of course, people don’t wake for all of them, but the sun still rises and time ticks along to an eventual end. But some sunrises are special. Yes, every day, the sun rises at a mathematically …

  • 7 January

    Aiming for the 10 ring

    New Mexico’s National Archery in Schools Program A record number of young archers from across New Mexico competed in the 2018 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) New Mexico State Tournament. 906 archers competed surpassing last year’s record attendance number of 840. For more information about the National Archery in …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Restoration of Gila trout

    Laurence D'Alessandro, coldwater fisheries biologist, displays a Gila trout during a recent survey conducted at Willow Creek in the Gila National Forest. Cover: NMDGF photo by Jill Wick, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Restoration of Gila trout opens door for anglers It’s been five years since two massive wildfires roared through the Gila Wilderness and surrounding national forest, destroying years of painstaking native trout restoration work. “I was interviewing for this job while everything was burning up,” said Jill Wick, Gila trout biologist …

  • 13 April

    Time to hunt sheds

    Shed hunting is a family-friendly activity that provides an opportunity to spend quality time outdoors. James Gonzales was out with his parents on a shed hunting expedition that resulted in the discovery of shed elk antlers. Photo by Joe Gonzales, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Spring is here, it’s time to hunt sheds Spring is a time many hunters put their gear away and begin the painstaking wait for autumn and the arrival of the 2017 hunting season. But hunting season is far from over. For those suffering from cabin fever and ready to enjoy …

  • 13 April

    GAIN and outdoor enthusiasts

    It is easy to get caught up in the moment watching sandhill cranes standing on a frozen pond at the Bernardo Wildlife Management Area with a picturesque mountain background. NMDGF photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    GAIN changes benefit outdoor enthusiasts The scene is a bit like Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs, with eyes wide open, afraid to blink for fear of missing out on a spectacular experience. Faces pressed against the window of a car or eyes peering through binoculars or the viewfinder of a …