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NMDGF News 2017-12-21T12:33:31+00:00

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Here are most recent news releases from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish or visit the News Archive 2007-2013. Focus on a subject (such as recent Enforcement or Education) news by visiting News in each section of the main navigation.

Game Commission to meet March 1 in Las Cruces

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 20, 2018: Game Commission to meet March 1 in Las Cruces SANTA FE – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, March 1, in Las Cruces to discuss potential hunting rule changes for turkeys, migratory game birds, bighorn sheep, javelinas and pronghorn antelope. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Rafael Ballroom at Hotel Encanto, 705 Telshor Blvd., in Las Cruces. Other agenda items include: An update on the development of shooting ranges in New Mexico. An update on actions by the New Mexico Legislature affecting the department. An update on the funds raised at this year's Governor's special Auction Banquet. The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of Read more...

Special-season bear and turkey draw results available Wednesday, 1 week early

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Special-season bear and turkey draw results available Wednesday, 1 week early SANTA FE – Hunters who applied for New Mexico special-season bear and turkey permits can check their draw results beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by calling toll-free, (888) 248-6866. Efforts to develop a more efficient draw process have enabled the department to release the results one week early this year. The department will send emails to successful applicants and permits will be available for printing in customer accounts by Wednesday afternoon. Successful applicants must purchase a 2018 bear or turkey license with tag(s) separately. Licenses will be available online, by phone and at license vendors and NMDGF offices beginning March 22. Hunters can check their draw results by logging onto Read more...

Department reviewing threatened status of White Sands pupfish

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Department reviewing threatened status of White Sands pupfish SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has initiated an investigation into the White Sands pupfish to determine the appropriate status under the Wildlife Conservation Act. Found nowhere else in the world, the White Sands pupfish (Cyprinodon tularosa) is endemic to the Tularosa River Basin in southern New Mexico. It was listed as a threatened species by the New Mexico State Game Commission in 1975. Currently occupied habitat is entirely within lands owned by the Department of Defense. The 1 3/4- to 2 1/2-inch silver-scaled pupfish is the only fish native to New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin. Although relatively plentiful where they occur, the pupfish are considered at risk because of their extremely limited distribution. Read more...

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Martin Perea: (505) 476-8019 martin.perea@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show will be Friday-Sunday, Feb.16-18 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The event is bigger and better than ever with new exhibits and hands-on activities hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This year, the show will feature an Outdoor Skills Room where visitors can receive instruction in fishing, game calling, outdoor survival techniques, archery, pellet gun shooting and an off-highway vehicle simulator. The latest equipment for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation will be on display. New models of recreational vehicles, boats and off-highway vehicles will be available for viewing. Outfitters, guides, taxidermists and local vendors will offer their products Read more...

Hunters: Don’t forget to file your mandatory harvest report

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 13, 2018: Hunters: Don't forget to file your mandatory harvest report SANTA FE – Mandatory harvest deadlines are fast approaching for hunters and trappers who held licenses for New Mexico’s 2017-18 seasons. The deadline to file a free report for hunters who held 2017-18 deer, elk, antelope or turkey licenses is midnight Feb. 15, 2018. After that date, an $8 late fee will apply. Hunters must report on or before the March 21 application deadline or their applications will be rejected from the big-game draws. The deadline to report for those who held 2017-18 Barbary sheep, javelina, oryx, ibex, or trapping licenses is midnight April 7, 2018. The later harvest-reporting deadline allows license holders for those species to submit results after the seasons have closed. Hunters Read more...

News Releases for 2017

Dec 11th, 2017

Cimarron River fish safe to eat, tests show

Dec 8th, 2017

Information sought in unlawfully killed elk

Oct 25th, 2017

Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

Sep 20th, 2017

Game Commission to meet Sept. 28 in Red River

Aug 17th, 2017

Roswell man arrested for harassing pronghorns

Aug 15th, 2017

Hooked on Fishing derby lots of fun

Aug 15th, 2017

Game Commission to meet Aug. 24 in Albuquerque

Jul 13th, 2017

Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone

Jun 30th, 2017

Harvest reporting now just a phone call away

Jun 29th, 2017

Be bear aware during hot July 4 holidays

Jun 20th, 2017

Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses for sale

Jun 13th, 2017

Game Commission to meet June 22 in Ruidoso

Jun 1st, 2017

Information sought on poached elk near Logan

May 30th, 2017

Free fishing Saturday, June 3

May 26th, 2017

Cimarron River open for fishing

Apr 26th, 2017

Game Commission to meet May 11 in Clayton

Apr 26th, 2017

Public comment sought on upland game rules

Apr 18th, 2017

Monastery Lake to be closed Thursday, April 20

Apr 17th, 2017

Be bear aware when out and about this spring

Mar 31st, 2017

Game wardens rescue snowbound motorists

Mar 27th, 2017

Game Commission to meet April 5 in Artesia

Jan 27th, 2017

Bighorn sheep biologist awarded prestigious honor

Jan 5th, 2017

Game Commission to meet Jan 12 in Santa Fe

News Releases for 2016

Dec 1st, 2016

Tipsters help bust poacher

Nov 23rd, 2016

Southeast New Mexico is your best bet for quail

Nov 7th, 2016

Game Commission to meet Nov. 17 in Grants

Sep 26th, 2016

Game Commission to meet Oct. 5 in Las Vegas, N.M.

Sep 22nd, 2016

Free Fishing Day Saturday, September 24

Aug 16th, 2016

Free family fun at Outdoor Expo Aug. 20-21

Aug 12th, 2016

Game Commission to meet Aug. 25 in Rio Rancho

Jul 23rd, 2016

Cloudcroft homeowner kills bear attacking dogs

Jul 22nd, 2016

Citizen advisors needed for Habitat Stamp Program

Jun 30th, 2016

Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses for sale

Jun 26th, 2016

Missing bear cubs caught Saturday

Jun 13th, 2016

Game Commission to meet June 23 in Santa Rosa

May 30th, 2016

Go fishing for free Saturday, June 4.

May 9th, 2016

Game and Fish archery coordinator to be honored

May 2nd, 2016

Game Commission to meet May 12 in Silver City

Apr 21st, 2016

Be bear aware when outdoors this spring

Apr 11th, 2016

New hunting, fishing rules take effect this month

Apr 1st, 2016

Game Commission to meet April 14 in Las Cruces

Mar 11th, 2016

New wildlife license plate features a big buck

Feb 22nd, 2016

Game Commission to meet Feb. 26 in Albuquerque

Jan 5th, 2016

Game Commission meet Jan. 14 in Santa Fe

News Releases for 2015

Dec 11th, 2015

Eagle Nest Lake temporarily closed to ice fishing

Nov 5th, 2015

Game Commission to meet Nov. 19 in Roswell

Sep 18th, 2015

Game Commission to meet Sept. 29 in Albuquerque

Sep 11th, 2015

Hunter attacked by bear near Wagon Mound

Sep 10th, 2015

Bear sought in attack on Los Alamos man

Sep 4th, 2015

Wildlife crimes net stiff fines and jail time

Aug 28th, 2015

Hunting seasons ramp up across New Mexico

Aug 14th, 2015

Game Commission meet Aug. 27 in Santa Fe

Aug 11th, 2015

Free family fun at N.M. Outdoor Expo Aug. 15 & 16

Jul 30th, 2015

Plenty of prime youth elk licenses available

Jul 24th, 2015

State Wildlife Action Plan meetings scheduled

Jul 7th, 2015

Bear bites Raton girl sleeping in tent

Jun 30th, 2015

Deming bear relocated to Gila Wilderness

Jun 23rd, 2015

Plenty of youth elk hunting licenses for sale

Jun 10th, 2015

Game Commission to meet at new location in Taos

Jun 8th, 2015

Capitan man kills charging bear

Jun 2nd, 2015

Bear sought in attack on shed hunter

May 29th, 2015

Officers kill puppy-eating cougar

Apr 29th, 2015

Game Commission to meet May 7 in Farmington

Apr 23rd, 2015

Fox involved in attack tests positive for rabies

Apr 21st, 2015

Trout removed from Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery

Mar 16th, 2015

Game Commission to meet March 26 in Alamogordo

Feb 10th, 2015

Eight Clovis men convicted of unlawful hunting

News Releases for 2014

Aug 22nd, 2014

Bear and cub captured near downtown Santa Fe

Aug 6th, 2014

Learn more about the Responsible Hunter Program

Aug 4th, 2014

Fish for big cats at Villanueva State Park

Jul 3rd, 2014

Catch outdoor rewards this Independence Day

Jun 6th, 2014

Anglers out in force over Memorial Day

May 20th, 2014

Protect New Mexico waters from invasive species

May 8th, 2014

New Mexico cares about bears

Apr 30th, 2014

May 1 is ‘Stop Poaching Day’

Apr 29th, 2014

Enjoy wildlife areas, but remember permit

Apr 9th, 2014

Pecos Canyon fishing, camping areas to reopen

Apr 8th, 2014

NMDGF releases bobcats back into wild

Apr 2nd, 2014

2014-2015 Fishing Season Begins

Mar 24th, 2014

Eagle Nest Lake Open to Boating

Mar 10th, 2014

Young Archers Score Big at State Tournament

Feb 17th, 2014

Chairman resigns from State Game Commission

Feb 14th, 2014

Wild Turkeys Trapped, Relocated