Recreational Opportunities

January, 2019

  • 7 January

    Pass It On

    Age of hunters and anglers indicates something is missing People taking the time to read a magazine published by a state wildlife agency are likely interested in the outdoors. Among those people are hunters, anglers and trappers. Perhaps some belong to a sportsmen or conservationist group that keeps a wary …

  • 7 January

    Sunrise 14,089

    It is said that Homo sapiens will witness approximately 25,000 sunrises in a lifetime. Of course, people don’t wake for all of them, but the sun still rises and time ticks along to an eventual end. But some sunrises are special. Yes, every day, the sun rises at a mathematically …

  • 7 January

    Aiming for the 10 ring

    New Mexico’s National Archery in Schools Program A record number of young archers from across New Mexico competed in the 2018 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) New Mexico State Tournament. 906 archers competed surpassing last year’s record attendance number of 840. For more information about the National Archery in …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Restoration of Gila trout

    Laurence D'Alessandro, coldwater fisheries biologist, displays a Gila trout during a recent survey conducted at Willow Creek in the Gila National Forest. Cover: NMDGF photo by Jill Wick, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Restoration of Gila trout opens door for anglers It’s been five years since two massive wildfires roared through the Gila Wilderness and surrounding national forest, destroying years of painstaking native trout restoration work. “I was interviewing for this job while everything was burning up,” said Jill Wick, Gila trout biologist …

  • 13 April

    Time to hunt sheds

    Shed hunting is a family-friendly activity that provides an opportunity to spend quality time outdoors. James Gonzales was out with his parents on a shed hunting expedition that resulted in the discovery of shed elk antlers. Photo by Joe Gonzales, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Spring is here, it’s time to hunt sheds Spring is a time many hunters put their gear away and begin the painstaking wait for autumn and the arrival of the 2017 hunting season. But hunting season is far from over. For those suffering from cabin fever and ready to enjoy …

  • 13 April

    GAIN and outdoor enthusiasts

    It is easy to get caught up in the moment watching sandhill cranes standing on a frozen pond at the Bernardo Wildlife Management Area with a picturesque mountain background. NMDGF photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    GAIN changes benefit outdoor enthusiasts The scene is a bit like Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs, with eyes wide open, afraid to blink for fear of missing out on a spectacular experience. Faces pressed against the window of a car or eyes peering through binoculars or the viewfinder of a …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Sandhill crane youth hunt

    Braden Finnegan (left) and Ethan Walker stand at the ready in a Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area field. Finnegan harvested one bird and the two families shared a dinner. Photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Putting food on the table only part of the fun The hours passed for three young hunters who lay stealthily in tall alfalfa, waiting for the moment when time would stand still, the moment when their prey would come within range to strike. Nov. 7, 2015, they were in an …

  • 28 October

    It’s a trophy

    Game and Fish biologist Eric Rominger takes elk antler measurements. While it was a large rack, the measurements came up short of the record book minimum. Photo by Martin Perea, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Ask a hunter about the trophy mounted on the wall, sitting on a table or neatly placed in a cabinet, and a story will unfold — of outdoor experiences, an important hunt and deeply held values. The term “trophy” generally refers to a large game animal that has been mounted, …

  • 28 October

    Quail hunting southeast N.M.

    Gambel's quail. Photo by Dan Williams, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    They’re small, fast, elusive and disappear quickly, but that’s part of what makes quail hunting fun and, occasionally, frustrating. For those who have not been out on a quail hunt recently, it may be time to reconsider. Quail populations are highly dependent on precipitation and, in recent years, New Mexico …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Peace and quiet

    Don’t be fooled hiking into Little Creek. Anglers making this journey will walk along a seemingly dry creek bed but find perennial water upstream. Photo by Jill Wick, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Seven fishing hot spots off the beaten path Everyone knows the big-ticket names such as Elephant Butte or Fenton and Heron Lakes. But what if you’re looking for a bit of tranquility, a spot that takes a little effort to reach but offers the reward of a quiet angling experience …