Recreational Opportunities

January, 2023

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Turkey Hunting Forecast

    Turkey populations appear to be entering a period of decline in New Mexico after several years of breeding-season drought. Turkey populations are highly influenced by precipitation and such a decline is anticipated given the drought; numbers respond quickly when the rains return. Spring moisture is important to create food sources …

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Pronghorn Hunting Forecast

    New Mexico offers world-class pronghorn hunting opportunities throughout the state and is considered a premier hunting destination with many trophy bucks harvested throughout the years. In 2021, the latest data available, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish sold 6,857 licenses resulting in 4,655 bucks and 282 does harvested. …

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Elk Hunting Forecast

    New Mexico offers world-class elk hunting opportunities throughout the state and is considered a premier hunting destination. It is known for productive elk herds across diverse landscapes, and hunting access through both public-draw and private- landowner tags. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offers many hunting opportunities on …

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Deer Hunting Forecast

    Deer population growth is driven by adult doe and fawn survival. While adult doe survival is largely consistent across mule deer range, fawn survival varies by region and across years. The timing and amount of precipitation, coupled with habitat conditions, heavily influences fawn survival. Because of the influence of precipitation …

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Bighorn Sheep Hunting Forecast

    Bighorn sheep hunting opportunities are highly coveted throughout North America. Bighorn sheep are not as widespread or abundant as the other big-game species because populations are often restricted to the most rugged habitats. New Mexico offers the opportunity to hunt both desert bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep subspecies …

November, 2022

  • 2 November

    Hybrid striped bass introduced into Caballo Lake

    After years of planning, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has successfully released over 43,000 striped bass hybrids, also known as “wipers,” as a pilot project at Caballo Lake in southern New Mexico. The introduction of these special hybrids provides a new sport fishing opportunity for anglers. Wipers …

August, 2022

  • 3 August

    New Mexico youth archers compete at state and national tournaments

    The 2022 New Mexico National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship was held as a virtual event throughout March 2022. A total of 667 students in fourth through 12th grades competed at their home schools and reported their scores on the NASP Tournament website. Top teams and individuals …

  • 3 August

    Wildlife viewing in New Mexico: Get out and enjoy what New Mexico has to offer

    New Mexico has a rich wildlife heritage and a wide diversity of wildlife that can be seen and photographed by people seeking to connect with the outdoors. New Mexico also has an array of habitats, from alpine tundra, forested mountains, grasslands, rivers and lakes, to sandstone canyons and the Chihuahuan …

June, 2022

  • 23 June

    Birding in New Mexico

    Birding is an amazing way for people to enjoy the outdoors and see the many different species of birds, and other wildlife, in New Mexico. There are over 2,000 bird species in North America and just under 550 of those can be found in our state. From the greater roadrunner …

  • 23 June

    Four valuable tools to help you have a successful fishing trip

    Growing up, weekends were for the mountains, especially in the summer. My family was camping, going for a trail ride, hiking or fishing. Sure, some summer weekends were filled with soccer or baseball games, family commitments or chores around the house, but most of my weekend memories come from the …