Sep
7
Sat
18th Annual Dragonfly Festival @ Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 18th Annual Dragonfly Festival will be held Sept. 7. The Department of Game and Fish will have a fishing pond, archery range, poach coach and wildlife identification information on site. No fee or registration is required to attend this event. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be offering free guided wildlife tours. Reservations are required for these tours. See the link below for more information.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bitter_Lake/visit/events_calendar/festival.html

Sep
21
Sat
Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Target Challenge @ Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am
Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Target Challenge @ Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club

Open to all scouts, 4-H, YHEC, AIM, SCTP, NM HS shogun members and LASC youth club members. 75 targets: 25 trap, 25 5-Stand, 25 bunker or modified trap; PLUS Annie Oakley Age groups: 12 and under, 13-15 and 16-18 years old Targets and ammunition provided by NMDGF. Awards sponsored by LASC.

Pre-registration required by 9/17/19 by 1:00 PM.

Sep
28
Sat
National Hunting & Fishing Day 2019
Sep 28 all-day

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 28, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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.

Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 28

Sep
29
Sun
Sandia Mountain Bear Fair @ Doc Long Picnic Area
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative for this festive event which will feature lectures on living with Bears, and Bear behavior. Children’s events and booths about wildlife from local organizations will be there!

Bear Fair Flyer 2019

Oct
5
Sat
Project Healing Waters @ Rio Costilla River - Open Gate Property
Oct 5 all-day

Department of Game and Fish staff will be assisting Project Healing Waters as they take approximately 7 veterans fishing in northern NM.

Oct
21
Mon
Fenton Lake Fishing & Seven Springs Hatchery Media Event @ Fenton Lake & Seven Springs Fish Hatchery
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am

This will be a fishing event for invited media at Fenton Lake to learn basic fishing skills, attend a tour of Seven Springs Fish Hatchery and discuss restoration efforts of the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and the importance of hunting and fishing in tourism and local economies.

Oct
30
Wed
Public Meeting, Furbearer Rule @ NMDGF Albuquerque
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the furbearer rule.

See also Furbearer rule changes topic of public meetings and the Proposals Under Consideration page.

Nov
23
Sat
Festival of Cranes @ Bosque del Apache
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Department will be participating at the Festival of Cranes in San Antonio, NM. Come see our backyard bass program, focusing on casting skills, and a wildlife information trunk at this event.

Dec
11
Wed
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Board Meeting @ NMDGF
Dec 11 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Board will meet in public session to hear the following: OHV budget update, general program update, OHV education update, OHV law enforcement update and to establish dates for the next advisory board meeting. The Department’s Off-Highway Vehicle Program has an annual budget funded by revenue generated from the Trail Safety Fund. The OHV Act required the creation of the Trail Safety Fund, which generates revenue from OHV registrations fees. The OHV Advisory Board was established to advise the Department of Game and Fish on matters related to administration of the OHV Act. The board consists of seven members appointed by the governor to two-year terms.

No registration is required; if attending the meeting please arrive before 5:30 P.M.

Jan
15
Wed
City of Santa Fe Health Fair @ Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

City of Santa Fe is hosting its annual City Health Fair. NMDGF will be present to talk to participants about getting active outdoors and participating in hunting and fishing.

Feb
8
Sat
NM Trout Conclave @ UNM Continuing Education Building
Feb 8 all-day

NMDGF will have a booth at the New Mexico Trout Conclave to inform the public about fishing opportunities in New Mexico. This event is open to the public.

Feb
12
Wed
Deadline: 2020 Bear & Turkey Draw Permit Application
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline to apply for bear and turkey draw permits. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). See 2020-21 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info.

Feb
14
Fri
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2020 – Day 1 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2020 Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid hunting, fishing or furbearer license.

  • Latest OHVs, RVs, Boats, Kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Free fishing derby
  • Rock Climbing Wall

2020 Outdoor Adventures Show Flier

Feb
15
Sat
Deadline: 2019–2020 Harvest Reports
Feb 15 all-day

Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey license holders. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. Late fees apply after this date.

Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2020 – Day 2 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

2020 Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid hunting, fishing or furbearer license.

  • Latest OHVs, RVs, Boats, Kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Free fishing derby
  • Rock Climbing Wall

2020 Outdoor Adventures Show Flier

Feb
16
Sun
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2020 – Day 3 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

2020 Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid hunting, fishing or furbearer license.

  • Latest OHVs, RVs, Boats, Kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Free fishing derby
  • Rock Climbing Wall

2020 Outdoor Adventures Show Flier

Feb
19
Wed
Results: 2020 Bear & Turkey Draw Permits – Available Now
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am

Results (available as of 2-19-2020) for 2020 bear and turkey draw permits available online and telephone and at NMDGF offices. Permits can be printed on standard paper after the appropriate license(s) are purchased. Carcass tag required.

Feb
22
Sat
Super STEM Saturday @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Feb 22 all-day

NMDGF will have a booth at the Super STEM Saturday to educate the public on wildlife topics. This event is open to the public.

Feb
26
Wed
Hunter Education Course Schedule
Feb 26 – Dec 5 all-day

Check the Hunter Education Course Schedule for new & updated class dates for Hunter Education, Field Day/Live Fire, and Bowhunter Education.  We also offer online course options for New Mexico residents 11 years of age or older.

Feb
29
Sat
OHV Safety Class Schedule
Feb 29 – Mar 28 all-day

Check the Off-Highway Vehicle Calendar for new & updated available class dates.

Mar
4
Wed
State Game Commission Public Meeting: Albuquerque @ NMDGF Northwest Region Office
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am

Visit Commission Meetings & Agendas for more information.

Mar
6
Fri
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting @ Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mar
14
Sat
2020 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet @ National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm

Buy Your Tickets Today!

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has partnered with the New Mexico Hunger Action Fund to host the 2020 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet.

Once again, the department will auction over a dozen premier hunting and fishing packages to benefit the Game Protection Fund of New Mexico. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • Opens 5 p.m. Saturday., Mar. 14.
  • Dinner served at 7 p.m.
  • Auction begins at 8 p.m.

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on one of many spectacular hunts, including elk, ibex, oryx , mule deer, coues deer, pronghorn, turkey, upland game hunting and premier fishing excursions.

There will be many other items in the auction including raffles and games. Proceeds benefit the New Mexico Hunger Action Fund. Tickets for the event are $600 for a reserved table for 10, $125 per couple and $75 for a single.

Seating is limited, so don’t delay!

Icon of 2020 Governor's Special Hunt Auction and Banquet (Flier) 2020 Governor's Special Hunt Auction and Banquet (Flier)

Mar
18
Wed
Deadline: 2019–2020 Late Harvest Reports
Mar 18 all-day

Deadline to submit late 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and turkey. All 2019–20 license holders must report to be eligible for 2020–21 draw licenses. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. See 2020-21 New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info Book.

Failure to report for these species by this date will result in rejection of all draw applications. An $8 late fee applies after February 15, 2020. Remember to keep your confirmation number.