Recreational Opportunities

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 …

  • 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 …