Tristanna Bickford

Tristanna Bickford is the Assistant Chief of Education for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    A fishy community focused on the long game

    Fishing, especially fly-fishing, is often a solo activity. Even if you travel to a fishing site with a group of people, you park, grab your equipment and everyone quickly breaks off heading in their own direction. A day on the water can be peaceful, you can hear the birds chirping …

  • 28 December

    Meet Roselyn Washington #TeamNMGameandFish

    It is often the people behind the scene that ensure the operation and success of programs. It is the same for the hunter education (HE) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) programs. Roselyn Washington is the office manager for both of these programs. Jennifer Morgan, hunter education coordinator and one of Roselyn’s …

November, 2020

  • 17 November

    New Mexico Elk Twinkies – That’s what’s poppin’!

    The holiday season is right around the corner, and in typical fashion, I am already thinking about the food. The appetizers are always a hit with my family, and this one is sure to add a little pop to your table. Ingredients: 1-pound elk roast 3-5 garlic cloves 3-5 serrano …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Student Athletes Thrive in New Mexico’s Shotgun Education Program

    To many people, the warm and sunny day in mid-May 2015 might have seemed like just another day in Roswell. The air held a slight breeze, just enough to keep everyone comfortable in short sleeve shirts. Most people were thinking about upcoming graduations, summer plans, vacations, tasks that needed to …

  • 29 July

    Maple Glazed Smoked Salmon

    New Mexico may be a landlocked state, but we do offer the opportunity to fish for salmon, a species that brings to mind the icy waters of coastal Alaska or the northern Atlantic. Kokanee is the only salmon species available to catch in New Mexico but it can be served …

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    Can you afford to start hunting?

    In 2019, I was lucky enough to draw a mule deer tag. My dad and I covered many miles on horseback and hiking through remote country. Dressed in jeans and plain cloths, we saw and were within 100 yards of several hundred mule deer, turkey, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red fox, quail, numerous raptors and songbirds. On day nine of the hunt I was able to harvest this beautiful mule deer buck, getting within 70 yards before getting a good shot. Photo courtesy of Tristanna Bickford.

    “I don’t hunt in camo. I just put it on for the picture.” A good friend of mine said this last fall about his recent elk hunt. That statement got me thinking about my recent deer hunt. I spent most of the hunt horseback, riding several miles a day, getting …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    Poaching conviction leads to six years in prison

    An Operation Game Thief (OGT) tip received in 2017 regarding possible wildlife poaching near Calico Peak in southeastern New Mexico has led to the felony conviction of a 23-year-old man from Hagerman. Tyler Gilmore pled guilty to four counts of unlawful taking of big game and was sentenced last August …

June, 2019

  • 24 June

    New OHV Recreation Area Now Open!

    New OHV Recreation Area Now Open!

    On Monday, May 20, 2019 the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish joined officials from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), San Juan County and the City of Farmington to proudly cut the ribbon on the Brown Springs Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at BLM’s Glade Run. New Mexico’s OHV …

  • 13 June


    Department photo by Tristanna Bickford.

    Merriam-Webster’s defines mentorship as the influence, guidance or direction given by a mentor. To me, mentorship means so much more. Earlier this year I was driving through Western New Mexico. It was pitch black, the complete cloud cover blacking out any hint of light from the moon and stars. The …

May, 2019

  • 23 May

    What’s in a hunting dog?

    For some, the answer is everything. A dog can be a person’s best friend. A dog can also be used for work or therapy, service assistance, search and rescue and so much more. One dog profession that I am fond of is hunting. Hunters, mentors and guides gather on a …