National Hunting and Fishing Day 2020

National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday in September every year all across the United States.

Launched in 1971 by Congress, National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation.

Banner (left): Youth hunter and his mentor on a bird hunt. Department photo by Ross Morgan. Banner (right): Christian Lester with the rainbow trout that he caught at Cowles Pond. From the Aug. 18, 2021 Fishing Report. 

There are many ways New Mexico’s hunters and anglers to celebrate this day and share their enthusiasm for conservation in our state.

Here are a few suggestions:

Lastly, in celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day, anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 26. Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 26, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit

Below: Veronica Batista fills out her tag after harvesting a pronghorn. Department photo by Ross Morgan.

For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.

And please remember when you’re outdoors with others, maintain social distance (

This is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions lift.


It is the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety—and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.