Recreational Opportunities

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    10 tips for surviving a winter night in the wilderness

    Imagine you are duck hunting alone on a river in late December. It’s a blustery, cloudy day, with snow on the ground, but you’ve already killed three ducks. The air temperature hovers in the high twenties. Every time you breathe, your breath lingers in a cloud surrounding your head. Around …

  • 28 December

    For the Love of Hunting

    For most of us, falling in love with hunting at a young age is second nature, and usually, a family tradition carried on from year to year. Sure, life might have gotten in the way for some of us at times, but that didn’t stop most of us from picking …

  • 28 December

    No Guide, No Dogs, No Camo… No Problem First-Time Bear Hunter Finds Success

    If you asked some veteran bear hunters or those who may be researching how to hunt bears for the first time, they both may tell you that a requirement would be a knowledgeable guide and the assistance of dogs. They may also tell you that good camouflage is worthwhile if …

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 …