Recreational Opportunities

November, 2020

  • 13 November

    Hunters and anglers use fresh air to survive 2020

    Wow, what a challenging year 2020 has been! Some COVID-19 restrictions have put some severe kinks in hunting and fishing plans. Travel restrictions have made it hard to make it to our traditional and possibly favorite hunting or fishing honey hole. State parks closures and reduced hours have made it …

October, 2020

  • 22 October

    A new way to catch those lunkers

    Catching larger “trophy” largemouth and smallmouth bass has long been a fun yet difficult venture for many anglers. It takes many hours and trips to understand the habits and tendencies of bass in one’s local pond, lake or reservoir, especially the older/larger “lunkers.” Trophy bass weigh greater than five pounds. …

September, 2020

  • 23 September

    Take measure: It’s never too late to count inches and claim your Master Angler award

    Like many anglers, fly fisherman James McKay enjoys fishing alone, taking in the quiet, pristine scenery. That’s the way he’s fished for most of his life. Nearly 40 years ago, on June 27, 1981, McKay was on one of his solo fishing trips, stalking a large brown trout in the …

  • 23 September

    Preparing for your first waterfowl hunt

    Every autumn, thousands of ducks and geese migrate into the state of New Mexico. Some of them stay on bodies of water across the state until spring, and others stage here briefly before flying into Mexico and locations further south. While they are here, waterfowl hunters have the exciting opportunity …

  • 23 September

    New Mexico’s newest fishing challenge is here

    In January of 2020, the Department of Game and Fish launched the New Mexico Trout Challenge. This challenge was the first of its kind for New Mexico and encourages anglers to catch five of New Mexico’s trout species: the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Gila trout, brown trout, brook trout and …

August, 2020

  • 26 August

    National Hunting and Fishing Day 2020

    National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday in September every year all across the United States. Launched in 1971 by Congress, National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation. There are many ways New Mexico’s hunters and anglers to celebrate …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    It’s time to take the Trout Challenge

    Anglers in New Mexico are very fortunate to have such diverse fishing opportunities, especially when it comes to trout. With five different trout species all within a few hours of each other, catching part or all of them can be quite the challenge. In January 2020, the Department of Game …

  • 29 July

    Pursuing the Impossible Goat

    For the outdoorsman, New Mexico offers several excursions to partake in, especially when it comes to big game hunting. Every year, tens of thousands of hunters across the country apply for the annual New Mexico big game draw, and every year in April, those hunters are hoping, dreaming and praying …

  • 29 July

    Student Athletes Thrive in New Mexico’s Shotgun Education Program

    To many people, the warm and sunny day in mid-May 2015 might have seemed like just another day in Roswell. The air held a slight breeze, just enough to keep everyone comfortable in short sleeve shirts. Most people were thinking about upcoming graduations, summer plans, vacations, tasks that needed to …

  • 17 July

    My first hunt

    Fun, exciting, tiring, camping, hiking, learning, cold. This is how I describe my first elk hunt. About two years ago, I asked my dad if I could take the hunter education course. After taking and passing the course, I could put in for a big-game tag just like everyone else …