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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 01/06/10

January 2010

Officer Pengelly on horseback patrol in the Pecos Wilderness
Officer Pengelly on horseback patrol in the Pecos Wilderness



Matt Pengelly

Duty Station: 


Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units: 

GMU’s 50, 52, 53


B.S. Parks & Recreation Management, Northern Arizona University

Length of Service: 

2 years

Specialty or Interest: 

Improving wildlife habitat

Current Projects/Assignments: 

Looking at Unit 52 deer herd to determine population trends

Best Thing About the Job: 

Getting to know my district and the people that live and hunt there

Most Common Question People Have: 

Where can I find elk in Unit 52?


Under every rock, tree, and bush or at least that's what some people think. In fact, elk are very good at blending into the landscape and become hard to see, especially when hunted.  So, my advice is to look for tacks, droppings and use binoculars because elk hide in the most amazing places.

Contact Information:

Phone 575-758-1087 or email