In the Field

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    The San Juan River: An officer’s perspective

    The San Juan River, located in the northwest corner of our state, has one of the best tail waters for trout fishing in New Mexico. The Special Trout Waters consist of 3.75 miles of river from Navajo Dam downstream to the Crusher Hole day use area. This section is located …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    When nothing goes right

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel set up a number of turkey traps in Raton hoping to capture about 40 that would be moved to the Lincoln National Forest. It became evident the first morning that reaching that number would be difficult with deer continually getting inside the trap. NMDGF photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    There are days when nothing goes right In my 14 years working for wildlife agencies, many exciting and sometimes frustrating experiences have presented themselves. Capturing wildlife certainly can get the adrenaline flowing when everything goes as planned. However, no matter how well everything is planned, success depends on animals doing …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Photographing wildlife

    Master the basics to harvest the best images. For those who photograph wildlife, hunting season never ends. Whether you are looking through a rifle scope or viewfinder, hunting and photography have similar challenges. Both activities share a few common terms, such as the word “shoot” in its various conjugations. Whether …

  • 15 August

    Unexpected findings

    A fox squirrel balancing on a small tree branch. Fox squirrels are larger and heavier than gray squirrels. USFWS photo by Gary Eslinger. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    There are certain benefits to working for a wildlife agency, not the least of which is the opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying what nature has to offer. As the editor of New Mexico Wildlife, I’m afforded many chances to spend time in the field with a diverse group of …