John Martsh

John Martsh is the Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    Smoked Duck Breast

    Ingredients: – duck breasts (possession limit of 36 if possible) – butter – extra virgin olive oil – salt – pepper – garlic salt – paprika – cayenne pepper – chile lime seasoning (optional) Preparation: 1. In a 12” skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil …

  • 30 December

    10 tips for surviving a winter night in the wilderness

    Imagine you are duck hunting alone on a river in late December. It’s a blustery, cloudy day, with snow on the ground, but you’ve already killed three ducks. The air temperature hovers in the high twenties. Every time you breathe, your breath lingers in a cloud surrounding your head. Around …

September, 2020

  • 23 September

    Preparing for your first waterfowl hunt

    Every autumn, thousands of ducks and geese migrate into the state of New Mexico. Some of them stay on bodies of water across the state until spring, and others stage here briefly before flying into Mexico and locations further south. While they are here, waterfowl hunters have the exciting opportunity …

August, 2020

  • 27 August

    Spicy Baked Catfish

    New Mexico has three species of catfish to fish for: blue, channel and flathead. Typically, the best eating size are those in the two to five-pound range. Those over five pounds tend to have a fishy aftertaste and could have higher levels of contaminants. I enjoy catching and eating catfish …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Don’t overlook those organ meats

    Last season I harvested a fork-antlered mule deer. After gutting it, I carefully bagged the liver and heart. I immediately placed these on ice inside my cooler. Before harvesting my deer, I spoke to four other hunters who were skinning bucks hanging in trees. None of these hunters had kept …

  • 17 July

    Red, green or squirrel?

    Have you ever considered small game hunting in New Mexico? Specifically, squirrel hunting? If not, you probably should. Everyone that put in for the big game draw will own a game-hunting license, which includes small game like squirrel. In addition to this license, you will need a habitat stamp and …

June, 2019

  • 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 …

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 …