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
12
Thu
Fishing Workshop and Clinic @ Truth or Consequences
Dec 12 all-day

This event is sponsored by the Truth or Consequences Public Schools. The classroom workshop will begin with a game called “Who’s responsible for the fish?”. This will be followed with a lesson on hook safety, knots and equipment assembly. The fishing clinic will be held at Elephant Butte Lake. At the lake, we’ll begin with a review on hook safety and knots followed by casting and baits. We will practice catch and release; however, two fish will be kept and used for a fish dissection lesson that is normally conducted sometime after lunch. This is event is closed to the public and only for the participating school.

Contact organizer for time and location.

Dec
13
Fri
Fishing Workshop and Clinic @ Truth or Consequences
Dec 13 all-day

This event is sponsored by the Truth or Consequences Public Schools. The classroom workshop will begin with a game called “Who’s responsible for the fish?”. This will be followed with a lesson on hook safety, knots and equipment assembly. The fishing clinic will be held at Elephant Butte Lake. At the lake, we’ll begin with a review on hook safety and knots followed by casting and baits. We will practice catch and release; however, two fish will be kept and used for a fish dissection lesson that is normally conducted sometime after lunch. This is event is closed to the public and only for the participating school.

Contact organizer for time and location.

Dec
14
Sat
Girl Scouts Fishing Clinic @ Hobbs
Dec 14 all-day

This clinic is sponsored by the Hobbs area Girl Scouts. The clinic will begin with a lesson on fish biology to include proper fish handling techniques. This will be followed with a lesson on knots, equipment assembly, hook safety, casting and baits. The scouts and their families will spend the rest of the day fishing. This event is closed to the public and only for the participating group.

Contact organizer for time and location.

Dec
18
Wed
Public Meeting, Least shrew @ NMDGF Roswell Office
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) will host two public information meetings to discuss the development of a state recovery plan for least shrew.

Public Information Meeting Announcement: Least Shrew Recovery Plan

Dec
19
Thu
Public Meeting, Least shrew @ Clovis-Carver Public Library
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) will host two public information meetings to discuss the development of a state recovery plan for least shrew.

Public Information Meeting Announcement: Least Shrew Recovery Plan

Jan
13
Mon
Wood Gormley Elementary After School Outdoor Club @ Wood Gormley Elementary School
Jan 13 all-day

Wood Gormley Elementary School’s Outdoor Club. NMDGF will be there on hand to help Mr. Smith review the course syllabus and help teach the students how to put a fishing rod together. Knot tying

This is a closed event to the public and will include members of the fishing club as well as two staff members.

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.

Jan
16
Thu
Casting Skills ( Backyard Bass) @ Aspen Community Magnet School
Jan 16 all-day

Mr. Lucas Herrera sponsors a fishing club at Aspen Community School and has invited NMDGF to visit and conduct a casting skills lesson for Ms. Julie Nguyen’s 5th grade class. There will be 22 youth casting for backyard bas and learning how to cast for accuracy and distance as well as proper technique.

 This is a closed event to the public and will include members of the fishing club as well as two staff members.

Wildlife Presentation @ Meadowlark Senior Center
Jan 16 all-day

The Department will be giving a wildlife presentation to members of the Meadowlark Senior Center. This event is not open to the public and is only for residents or members of the Meadowlark Senior Center.

Contact organizer for time and location.

Jan
17
Fri
Southeast Youth Quail Hunt @ Elida Community House
Jan 17 – Jan 19 all-day

Friday 12pm-8pm. Saturday 7am-8pm. Sunday 6am-1pm.

Pre-registration required by 1-10-2020 by 3pm.

Open to ten youth 12 to 17 who have passed hunter education but have not purchased a license. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Ammunition is provided and loaner guns may be available.

Feb
3
Mon
Wood Gormley Elementary After School Outdoor Club @ Wood Gormley Elementary School
Feb 3 all-day

Wood Gormley Elementary School’s Outdoor Club will continue to learn to rig a fishing rod and tie an Improved Clinch Knot. We will cast for the last 1/3 of the class.

This is a closed event to the public and will include members of the fishing club as well as two staff members.

Feb
6
Thu
Fly Tying @ Mandela International School
Feb 6 all-day

Mr. Scott Lason’s middle and high school students will be tying flies with TU Truchas and NMDGF I&E staff.

 This is a closed event to the public.

Pojoaque High School Career Talk @ Pojoaque High School
Feb 6 all-day

NMDGF will give a career talk to high school students at Pojoaque High School. This event is not open to the public and only open to students of the school.

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
10
Mon
Fly Tying @ Wood Gormley Elementary After-School Outdoor Club
Feb 10 all-day

Mr. Darren Smith’s after-school fishing club will be conducting fly tying with TU Truchas and NMDGF I&E. The students will be tying a Wooley Bugger.

Mr. Darren Smith’s after-school fishing club will be conducting fly tying with TU Truchas and NMDGF I&E. The students will be tying a Wooley Bugger.

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.