April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Target walleye

    Kevin Rodden, southwest area regional biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, works to untangle walleye from gill nets along with a New Mexico State University student volunteer. The fish are then moved to lakeside net pens for holding. Photo by Eric Mammoser, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Timing is right to target walleye As the last rays of daylight fade over the horizon, a voracious predator with needle-like teeth and large reflective eyes goes on the prowl. It’s not a large, furry mammal, but a fish. Walleye are a popular sport fish because of their delicious white, …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Coming full circle

    Nathan Kempton (right), the son of Game and Fish Conservation Officer Brandon Kempton (center) poses with the 7x7 elk he harvested in 2015. Brandon and fellow Conservation Officer Adan Jacquez noticed an ear tag on the elk and it turned out to be the same animal that had been freed from beneath a cattle guard three years earlier.

    Wildlife has no better ally than a conservation officer. The name alone, “conservation,” suggests their duties involve the protection of wildlife for future generations. Whether they are combating poaching, conducting population surveys, assisting in habitat projects, participating in relocation efforts or con-ducting classroom education, it all points to protecting and …

August, 2016

  • 15 August


    Found in a good portion of the western states, the common sagebrush lizard will feed on a variety of insects and spiders. These lizards are easily frightened and will quickly flee. Photo by Charlie Painter, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians, and the search for these interesting creatures can be an entertaining, fun-filled activity enjoyed by an entire family. For those interested in giving herping a try, New Mexico is a great place to start. The Land of Enchantment ranks …

March, 2016

  • 1 March

    Armendaris youth hunt

    Clarence Seagraves, a volunteer guide, and his dog Copper, lead the way for a youth hunter during the Armendaris Youth Small Game Classic. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF

    There was no need for words following the Armendaris Youth Small Game Classic. The looks on the faces of the young participants said it all. “To see the youths and their families enjoying time hunting and being outdoors, and to see the smiles on their faces when they harvested their …