Cody Johnston

Cody Johnston
Cody Johnston is the Public Information Officer in the Southeast Area for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

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 …

April, 2020

  • 28 April

    Department Biologists Band Ducks at Waterfowl Management Areas

    Earlier this year, Department of Game and Fish biologists and conservation officers were involved in a multi-state, multi-agency collaborative study of northern pintail duck movements throughout their wintering range. The team set out swim-in traps at the Department-owned Bernardo and W.S. Huey Waterfowl Management Areas to capture, band and attach …

February, 2020