News & Information

November, 2021

  • 12 November

    New Mexico’s first state fish hatchery turns 100

    Whether from movies or history books, most people have heard the stories of the growing American West in the 1800s. It was a time of significant expansion and population booms, spurred on by the extension of the railroad and post-Civil War hopes and ideals of new western settlers looking to …

August, 2021

  • 24 August

    It’s easy to remain legal while fishing

    I recently have received several phone calls, emails and social media messages with people asking how to pay for the ticket they received while fishing. I reached out to the Department’s Law Enforcement Division to determine the top three fishing violations across the state and what a person can do …

May, 2021

  • 27 May

    Roadrunner License Plates Available for Purchase in Support of Wildlife Conservation

    As of 9/14/21: All roadrunner license plates previously available through NMDGF with a number less than 100 have been requested and sent to those who requested them. Use the MVD form for the Wildlife Artwork license plate (URL provided below) to request a license plate with a randomly assigned number …

  • 10 May

    Hunter Education Classes in the Time of COVID

    To put things lightly, this pandemic changed the way things operate. By now, you’re well-associated with social distancing, business and other organization offices being closed and all the extra safety steps put into place and the Department was certainly not – ahem – immune to those. The extra efforts from …

March, 2021

  • 26 March

    Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

    Mutualistic relationship critical for pinyon jays and piñon pines. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF

    The Department’s Share with Wildlife program is donation-based and supports wildlife projects in four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological research studies, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education. Annually the Department seeks proposals for projects with a budget of up to $50,000 that will be supported through Share with Wildlife. “We …

February, 2021

  • 8 February

    2021-2022 Big Game Draw: What You Should Know

    Resident vs. Nonresident License and Tag Allocation Let’s start by taking a look at the breakdown of how licenses and tags are allocated. New Mexico state law has established the following quotas for draw hunts for all big-game and turkey licenses and permits: Important Dates to Remember When applying, here …

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    News and Information

    State Game Commission meetings move online With public health orders prohibiting gatherings of more than five people, the State Game Commission and Department decided to tap into the Zoom webinar platform to conduct commission meetings and ensure public participation. Starting this past April, commission meetings have been held via live …

  • 30 December

    Department staff navigates COVID-19 restrictions, continues critical wildlife research and public outreach

    Donning masks in the field or teleworking from home offices, Department biologists, conservation officers and education and information staffers found new ways to study and conserve our state’s fish and wildlife resources. Staffers got creative and found new ways to complete projects, or simply dreamed up innovative ways to promote …

  • 28 December

    New Mexico youngsters can go afield without attending any “in-person” training sessions

    Yes! You, read that correctly. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offers youth and families options to fulfill the necessary training requirements that will allow them to purchase a hunting license or apply for the upcoming 2021 draw to go afield safely. HUNTER EDUCATION New Mexico youth 10 …

November, 2020

  • 13 November

    Share with Wildlife selects 2021 funding recipients

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program has selected 11 wildlife projects for funding starting in 2021. The Share with Wildlife program funds projects up to $50,000 in four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological research studies, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education. During 2021, the …