Recreational Opportunities

August, 2021

  • 24 August

    Are you ready to start fishing?

    New Mexico is home to many great fishing opportunities, from trophy fishing on the San Juan River in the northwest, to bass fishing across southern and central New Mexico, city ponds like Trees Lake in Deming and Tingley Beach in Albuquerque and the many state parks that offer phenomenal fishing …

  • 24 August

    Mudbugs, better known as crawfish, are a lot of work but also a lot of fun to catch — and good to eat

    I have always loved being outdoors, whether it’s hunting, fishing or just hiking around the mountains sightseeing and learning new things. While attending college at New Mexico State University, I spent a lot of time on the Rio Grande river fishing and setting trot lines, and occasionally on the irrigation …

July, 2021

  • 23 July

    You could be the next New Mexico Master Angler

    New Mexico is a place where the Rocky Mountains meet the desert. It is also a state that is rich in diversity, from its many different climates to the fish and wildlife that reside here. Sportsmen and women of New Mexico are very fortunate to have such a diverse fishing …

  • 23 July

    San Pedro Parks Wilderness, a hidden secret for anglers

    If you’re looking for an excellent place to catch lots of fish and don’t want the hassle of running into a whole lot of people, then the San Pedro Parks Wilderness is the spot for you. Located just east of Cuba in the Jemez Mountains, this pristine wilderness offers fishing …

  • 6 July

    Resurrecting an old compound bow

    Feeling nostalgic and remembering my archery beginnings and passion for the outdoors. As a teenager, I had a few folks who were instrumental in getting me into archery. Members from the Gallup Bowmen’s Association helped me tremendously in those beginning years, including Lieu Sullenger, Henry and Mike Montano, Gary Longan, …

May, 2021

  • 27 May

    NM Trout Challenge, From Stream to Art Class

    Since it was launched on January 1, 2020, the New Mexico Trout Challenge has become quite popular with both resident and non-resident anglers. To date, over 800 anglers are registered and currently taking the challenge and 98 anglers have completed it. The challenge tasks anglers with catching five of New …

  • 27 May

    Turn your family camping trip this summer into a wildlife education trip

    We all look forward to the warmer weather and longer days of summer to spend more time outdoors. Although camping can be very relaxing and a much-needed break for our brain, it can also be a great time to train our brain and learn about wildlife. There are signs of …

March, 2021

  • 26 March

    What gear should I put in my turkey hunting vest?

    Having a turkey vest in the spring woods makes for a convenient way to transport your turkey hunting calls, essential hunting gear and a way of packing out your harvested gobbler. The padded seat on a turkey vest is a bonus too! Here is what I like to have in …

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Help, Where Can I Hunt?

    So, you have been thinking about putting in for the upcoming big game draw. You have been perusing the new hunting Rules and Information Booklet, figuring out what species you want to hunt and checked the draw odds. You have crossed a few things off but still have some uncertainty. …

  • 24 February

    Tips, Tactics and Advice For Archery Elk Hunters

    Chasing bugling bull elk through New Mexico mountains each fall is not just something a hunter does; it can be an all-consuming passion. There is something magical about hearing a bull elk bellow his challenge to other elk in the area, whether on a piñon/juniper mesa or in a quaking …