Cody Johnston

Cody Johnston is the Shooting Program Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

September, 2021

  • 8 September

    Some final thoughts before the big day

    The time has come for a few, and for others, it’s only a fraction of months that remain. That time, of course, is hunting season in New Mexico. It’s still warm out there, but with the close of summer approaching and the cooler evenings soon ahead, we know that fall …

July, 2021

  • 6 July

    Help Be Part of the Solution to Invasive Species, Not the Cause

    It’s that time of year again. The birds are calling, the sun is warming our hemisphere, the trees are turning green, the smell of cut grass is in the air and the thoughts of fishing, lake trips, hikes and BBQs all play in our heads. It’s as if nature is …

March, 2021

  • 26 March

    Where Do All Those Fish Come From?

    The smile on a young child holding a shimmering rainbow trout, the first fish she has ever caught, while on a summer outing with her family; the weekend fly fisherman watching the deep pools and currents for that Rio Grande Cutthroat trout to strike the fly he skillfully cast out; …

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Help, Where Can I Hunt?

    So, you have been thinking about putting in for the upcoming big game draw. You have been perusing the new hunting Rules and Information Booklet, figuring out what species you want to hunt and checked the draw odds. You have crossed a few things off but still have some uncertainty. …

January, 2021

  • 21 January

    Conservation Officers Work to Protect Hunters from Fraud

    Patrols of lakes and rivers to verify anglers have a license, roadblocks to check for legal bucks during deer season and responding to tips from the public about possible poaching incidents are all parts of the job for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officers. These are likely …

December, 2020

October, 2020

  • 22 October

    2020 Youth barbary sheep hunt

    Every year, the Department gives new hunter education graduates who had never purchased a license a chance to participate in a Barbary sheep hunt. Officers work closely with the owners of the Blackwater Ranch and Westall Ranch, who agree to allow youth hunters to come hunt on their property. Learn …

July, 2020

  • 17 July

    Watch a prescribed fire

    Fire as a management tool, when planned and controlled by professional wildland fire specialists, can be an extremely efficient and practical way for habitat biologists and land managers to promote positive change in a habitat and yield numerous benefits on the landscape. Before human intervention fires helped shape landscapes and …

May, 2020

  • 28 May

    Anonymous tip leads to conviction of poacher

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officer Andrew Jolliff inspecting some of the equipment he uses during investigations. Department photo by Cody Johnston.

    If we go back more than 40 years ago to 1977, the Department of Game and Fish began to realize that poaching was a wider problem than they initially suspected and started to look into ways of stopping poachers. With that in mind, they also realized that what they were …