April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Wildlife telemetry

    Tracking devices exist that can aid in the research of birds, mammals, fish, insects and arachnids, but with each different species come separate challenges. This backpack-style transmitter works well with wild turkeys. NMDGF pthoto by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    The importance of telemetry in wildlife conservation Wildlife tracking has been around for centuries, but most of the time it had little to do with research. More than 500 years ago, falconers in Europe were known to place leg bands on their birds as a sign of ownership, but it …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Dynamic hunter education camps

    Jeremy Lane, the Game and Fish Southwest Area public information officer, assists a young hunter education participant on the proper stance and handling of a shotgun prior to shooting it during a hunter education camp at Philmont Scout Ranch. Photo by Ross Morgan, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Parents and youths are having fun learning at the new New Mexico Department of Game and Fish hunter education camps. These camps deviate from the more traditional classroom-heavy learning experience. Instead, the focus is more interactive for eligible youths 11 years of age and older. Any hunter in New Mexico …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Dust off the fly rod

    A Rio Grande cutthroat trout reared at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery, New Mexico. NMDGF photo by Martin Perea, New Mexico Wildlife magazine.

    Dust off the fly rod and visit local streams for some fun. The temperatures are nice and the weather is beautiful, which means it’s time to get out for some small- stream trout fishing in the mountains. This time of year it should be amazing. For those who enjoy catching …

March, 2016

  • 1 March

    Tigers are cleaning up

    After a short hiatus, stocking of tiger muskies resumed at Bluewater Lake in 2015. The muskies, which are sterile, were introduced into the lake to help control populations of white suckers and illegally introduced goldfish. The introduction created a whole new adventure for anglers looking to land one of these large, predatory fish. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF

    When the trash piles up, there’s nothing like having a tiger to clean things up. In 2004, when “trash” fish such as white suckers and illegally introduced goldfish provided less than an ideal angling experience at Bluewater Lake, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish decided it was time …