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Officers catch wandering bear in Rio Rancho today

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, APRIL 26, 2018: Officers catch wandering bear in Rio Rancho today SANTA FE – Department of Game and Fish officers captured a male bear found roaming in Rio Rancho this morning and plan to relocate and release it. The healthy 200-pound bear has not been captured in the past and is approximately three years old. “Our officers did a great job safely catching the bear this morning,” said Major Colin Duff. “Even in the city, it’s important to remember you may encounter wildlife.” Due to drought conditions throughout the state, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging residents to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears. The state has experienced less than average precipitation Read more...

Barbary sheep, oryx, Persian ibex rule changes topic of public meetings

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, APRIL 25, 2018: Barbary sheep, oryx, Persian ibex rule changes topic of public meetings SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the Barbary sheep, oryx, and Persian ibex rule. The department is proposing changes in Barbary sheep, oryx, and Persian ibex hunting across the state, including increasing Barbary sheep draw licenses, adding new oryx hunts on White Sands Missile Range, and increasing female/immature ibex draw licenses. To gather public comments, three public meetings will be conducted: Las Cruces: 6 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive. Roswell: 6 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street. Albuquerque: 6 to Read more...

Big-game draw results available today

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 18, 2018: Big-game draw results available today SANTA FE – Hunters who applied for New Mexico big-game licenses will know their draw results early again this spring through the Department of Game and Fish online license system. At 10 a.m. today, the department released draw results to customer accounts on the department website and began sending emails to successful applicants, seven days earlier than expected. Draw licenses may be printed from the customer's account and tags will be mailed to the address provided. Do not hunt without a valid license and tag. Unsuccessful applicants should receive refunds on credit cards beginning today and through their checking accounts within the next two weeks. More than 203,000 applicants tried for about 58,000 deer, 58,000 deer, elk, antelope, oryx, ibex, Barbary sheep and javelina licenses -- Read more...

Game Commission properties in Pecos Canyon under fire restrictions; department officers step up area patrols

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, APRIL 17, 2018: Game Commission properties in Pecos Canyon under fire restrictions; department officers step up area patrols SANTA FE – State Game Commission properties in the Santa Fe National Forest, including campgrounds and fishing areas in Pecos Canyon are under Stage 1 fire restrictions because of extreme fire danger. Adjoining areas in the forest are also under Stage 1 restrictions. Stage 1 restrictions limit campfires and charcoal grills to designated camp and picnic grounds. Fires must be safely contained within a department provided fire ring within developed recreation sites. Smoking is permitted only in vehicles, buildings or in developed recreation sites. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited. Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted provided Read more...

National Archery in the Schools tournament draws more than 900 competitors

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 16, 2018: National Archery in the Schools tournament draws more than 900 competitors ALBUQUERQUE – A record number of young archers from across New Mexico competed in the 2018 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament April 7 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This year’s tournament drew 906 archers, surpassing last year’s record attendance number of 840. “Archery is gaining popularity as a competitive sport among New Mexico’s students,” said Brian Guzman, archery coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Our department is proud to support young archers and encourage their interest in this challenging extracurricular activity. We are pleased so many kids were eager to demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship.” The middle school 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