Recreational Opportunities

July, 2020

  • 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 …

  • 17 July

    Red, green or squirrel?

    Have you ever considered small game hunting in New Mexico? Specifically, squirrel hunting? If not, you probably should. Everyone that put in for the big game draw will own a game-hunting license, which includes small game like squirrel. In addition to this license, you will need a habitat stamp and …

June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Beyond the classroom

    “Its’ like… being in line for a Disneyland ride!” declared Byron, age 17 from Farmington, New Mexico. Another hunter Aiden, 14 years old from Albuquerque stated: “That was very exhilarating!” A testimonial from another youth hunter who participated on the hunt. All hunt participants indicated that they learned a lifetime …

April, 2020

March, 2020

  • 24 March

    DIY: Easy to make bird feeders

    Attracting the widest variety of birds to your backyard can be a fun learning experience.

    Attracting the widest variety of birds to your backyard can be a fun learning experience. All it takes is a basic understanding of the different types of birdfeeders and a little creativity. Here are two types of easy-to-make bird feeders to attract birds. This activity will require tools and some …

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    Can you afford to start hunting?

    In 2019, I was lucky enough to draw a mule deer tag. My dad and I covered many miles on horseback and hiking through remote country. Dressed in jeans and plain cloths, we saw and were within 100 yards of several hundred mule deer, turkey, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red fox, quail, numerous raptors and songbirds. On day nine of the hunt I was able to harvest this beautiful mule deer buck, getting within 70 yards before getting a good shot. Photo courtesy of Tristanna Bickford.

    “I don’t hunt in camo. I just put it on for the picture.” A good friend of mine said this last fall about his recent elk hunt. That statement got me thinking about my recent deer hunt. I spent most of the hunt horseback, riding several miles a day, getting …

  • 14 February

    Department unveils River Ranch Wildlife Management Area

    Have you ever visited an outdoor spot where you could sense the importance of the area? No historical marker telling you so. No fanfare. You just simply felt the gravitas? That is the case for me with River Ranch, a new Department wildlife management area near Faywood, north of Deming. …

  • 14 February

    Conservation officers take hunter education grads on Barbary sheep hunt

    Isaac stalks sheep with Officer Felix, trying to get close to a herd. Department photo by Cody Johnston.

    There was a steady wind whipping through the canyons of southeast New Mexico, kicking dust in the air, the bushes looked like they would fly away at any second. The temperatures did not want to budge. There was no sign of letting up. It was no matter, though; only 20 …