Recreational Opportunities

February, 2020

  • 14 February

    Ice fishing in New Mexico

    Family fun with or without the sun Although sometimes the weather isn’t the most hospitable for ice fishing when the temperature drops to freezing and the wind picks up, with the right planning, preparation and gear, a day of ice fishing can be quite rewarding and fun for the whole …

January, 2020

  • 28 January

    What should I do if I harvest a tagged or collared animal?

    Some big-game species hunted in New Mexico may have radio collars or ear tags to collect data and monitor herd health. Harvest of these animals is legal, and the edible portions must be transported from the field for human consumption. During captures, radio collars are attached to animals to aid …

  • 28 January

    Do you recognize these old fishing lures?

    Take a look inside an old tackle box

    Take a look inside an old tackle box… and you might find some very interesting lures. Have you seen any of these before? Do you know what they are called, how to use them and what you can typically catch with each of these? Visit the Department of Game and …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    Around New Mexico: Peccaries and Pinot

    When my wife and I were first dating, I somehow convinced her that accompanying me on a javelina hunt in the southwestern region of the state would be the perfect weekend getaway. As we drove toward New Mexico’s Bootheel, we both became more and more excited for the trip. I …

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    The Math in the Meat

    As I packed the quarters of my Coues buck up the last ridge to my Jeep I was glad that I wasn’t packing out an elk. Coues deer aren’t large animals but I sure didn’t want to pack anything heavier up that slope. I started to think about the task …

September, 2019

  • 27 September

    Plan Your Next Outdoor in New Mexico

    Lake Roberts. Department photo. NMDGF

    Even if you’re not a hunter or angler, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties, as well as state and federal public lands, offer countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and take in the beauty of New Mexico’s diverse landscapes. “New Mexico has an explosion of orange, red and …

  • 27 September

    Hone your Big Game Hunting skills by Hunting Small Game

    Hone your Big Game Hunting skills by Hunting Small Game - NMDGF

    When it comes to staying sharp and proficient at big game hunting, most hunters spend their time practicing at the range. However, one way to stay sharp, sighted in and put some extra meat in the freezer is hunting small game. Small game can be anything from a squirrel to …

August, 2019

  • 27 August

    Set Up Your Tent at These Four Wildlife Management Areas

    New Mexico’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are managed primarily for fish, wildlife and their habitats. The WMAs also allow public recreation, including camping on some properties, to offer the public opportunities to better enjoy the natural resources being conserved. WMAs are not parks and visitors should expect limited accommodations. Where …

July, 2019

  • 24 July

    Catching kokanee

    Salmon photo: Department photo by Martin Perea.

    Kokanee salmon are not native to New Mexico. A land-locked sockeye salmon, they thrive in some of the deeper and colder plankton-producing lakes in our state such as Heron, El Vado, Navajo, Abiquiu and Eagle Nest Lakes. Kokanee mature between three to five years old and achieve sizes of three …

  • 24 July

    Off-the-highway fishing stops

    Tingley Beach: Department photo by Ross Morgan

    Headed west to Phoenix or San Diego? Or north to Denver? East to Amarillo? South to El Paso? Long car rides often call for a pit stop, and what better way to relax after a few hours in the car than to go fishing. The following fishing spots are not …