Recreational Opportunities

February, 2021

January, 2021

  • 21 January

    It’s Great to Suck at Something

    It’s common at the beginning of a new year to set resolutions to better oneself and identify some areas in which our skills might be lacking and identify ways to strive for success. Self-improvement is rarely a bad thing, but a demand for nothing but excellence in your outdoor endeavors …

  • 21 January

    Along for the ride and enjoying every second of it

    Being able to return to where I began archery deer hunting brought back many memories. I was hopeful of harvesting a velvet antlered buck for the delicious protein. However, at the end of the day, I did not. Shot opportunities were present and I had many close calls, but the …

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 …