James Pitman

James Pitman is the Assistant Chief of Information for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

August, 2020

  • 27 August

    Greek-Inspired Pitas

    What comes to mind when Ancient Greece is mentioned? Could it be the Olympic games, tales of Hercules or maybe famous philosophers? Did you know that hunting and wildlife management were important parts of the ancient Greek culture? Hunting was undertaken for sport, to provide food and for protection of …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Trout in a Tote

    Have you ever seen trout swimming in a backpack? It sounds odd but on a recent trip with the Department’s Rio Grande cutthroat trout biologist, Tucker Brauer, that’s exactly what I saw – several hundred cutthroat trout swimming in dozens of backpacks. It’s a stocking technique utilized by fisheries biologists …

  • 29 July

    85 years of wearing “the bear head” The origin story of the Department logo

    Like many New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel before me, I have always been proud to wear the insignia of the Department. And while the exact style of the emblem has changed through the years, the concept has remained the same – a circle-shaped outline with the name …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    Around New Mexico: Peccaries and Pinot

    When my wife and I were first dating, I somehow convinced her that accompanying me on a javelina hunt in the southwestern region of the state would be the perfect weekend getaway. As we drove toward New Mexico’s Bootheel, we both became more and more excited for the trip. I …

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    The Math in the Meat

    As I packed the quarters of my Coues buck up the last ridge to my Jeep I was glad that I wasn’t packing out an elk. Coues deer aren’t large animals but I sure didn’t want to pack anything heavier up that slope. I started to think about the task …

August, 2019

  • 27 August

    Department Conducts Largest Elk Capture in New Mexico

    Conservation officer Clovis Rivera scans the landscape below for cows and calves. Department photo by Martin Perea.

    A helicopter rises slowly over the snow-covered trees in the predawn light. Heading up into the mountains, the headlights from a procession of trucks, loaded with nets, netguns and other capture gear, can be seen glistening across the snowy landscape below. A hundred miles away, a small group of elk …