Recreational Opportunities

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 …

June, 2019

  • 24 June

    New OHV Recreation Area Now Open!

    New OHV Recreation Area Now Open!

    On Monday, May 20, 2019 the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish joined officials from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), San Juan County and the City of Farmington to proudly cut the ribbon on the Brown Springs Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at BLM’s Glade Run. New Mexico’s OHV …

  • 13 June

    Hunter education… why wait!

    Students learning the importance of shot placement at one of the Hunter Education camps at Washington Ranch near Carlsbad.

    Firearms safety. Ethical shot placement. Respect for natural resources. These may be some concepts that come to mind when you think of hunter education. In the 1940s, volunteer sportsmen and women who had the desire to raise ethical behaviors and actions by hunters while in the field established hunter education …

  • 13 June

    Blind hunter sets no limits for himself

    Mike Sanders with a pronghorn he harvested last August. Department photo by Craig Sanchez.

    With the help of good friends and adaptive equipment, Mike Sanders goes after big game When Mike Sanders lost his eyesight in an industrial accident at an oil refinery 15 years ago, he thought he would never hunt again. Today, he will hunt anything he can get a tag for …