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NMDGF Recreation News

The latest recreation news and press releases from New Mexico Game and Fish. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

Game and Fish reopens properties and begins stocking fish again in the Santa Fe National Forest

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 9, 2018: Game and Fish reopens properties and begins stocking fish again in the Santa Fe National Forest SANTA FE – The State Game Commission has reopened properties within the Santa Fe National Forest to coincide with the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement to reopen the forest starting Monday, July 9. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has also scheduled fish to be stocked in waters within the forest boundaries, including Monastery Lake, Pecos River and Fenton Lake. State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest, including campgrounds and fishing areas in Pecos Canyon, the Bluebird Wildlife Management Area and Fenton Lake Wildlife Management Area have been reopened. Statewide, anglers, campers and hikers who use state wildlife areas are urged to continue [...]

Game Commission properties that adjoin the Carson National Forest closed to access

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 27, 2018: Game Commission properties that adjoin the Carson National Forest closed to access SANTA FE – Due to drought and extreme fire danger, State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Carson National Forest, including the north and south Colin Neblett, Elliott Barker, Urraca, Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Areas and the campground and day use areas along NM 515 leading to the Red River Fish Hatchery will be closed to all public access beginning today. The closure will coincide with closures on the Carson National Forest announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service. The closure order prohibits all public access and recreational activities on those properties. Campgrounds, parking areas, trails and trailheads will be closed to the general public. Department of Game and [...]

Mesilla Valley Bosque Property Free to Public Starting June 25, 2018

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Lance Cherry, (505) 476-8003, lance.cherry@state.nm.us New Mexico State parks Division, Christina Cordova, (505) 476-3363, christina.cordova@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 25, 2018: Mesilla Valley Bosque Property Free to Public Starting June 25, 2018 MESILLA - Management and ownership of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park property is transitioning from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division, to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. As part of the transition, beginning June 25, 2018, general entrance to the property will be free! The transfer also allows the Department of Game & Fish to establish an educational and administrative hub in southern New Mexico. Other benefits include: Expanded education, outreach and wildlife viewing opportunities Increased outdoor classroom programs Increased partnerships with Friends and volunteers Increased educational facilities and meeting space Upgrades to trails An open house will be held Thursday, June 28, [...]

Public comment sought for Clayton shooting range Environmental Assessment

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DATE: JUNE 21, 2018 Public comment sought on draft Environmental Assessment for construction of a shooting range in Clayton CLAYTON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of the Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range in Clayton. The EA analyzes potential effects on physical, biological, and cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions that may result from the implementation of the project. The EA also incorporates other federal, state, and local environmental policies and regulations and is prepared in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Environmental Policy Act Handbook. The proposed range would include; a 50-yard pistol range, 50-yard small bore rifle range, 200-yard rifle range, a 90-yard archery range and [...]

Fire restrictions, closures increasing statewide; Game and Fish patrolling Commission properties

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 5, 2018: Fire restrictions, closures increasing statewide; Game and Fish patrolling Commission properties SANTA FE – As drought continues to increase fire danger statewide, the Kid's Pond at the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery in the Jemez Mountains will be closed at dusk on Wednesday, June 6. By mutual agreement with the Benedictine Monastery, the Department will also concurrently close Monastery Lake in Pecos, NM. Both locations will remain closed until conditions improve in and around the Santa Fe National Forest. In addition to enforcing closures and fire restrictions, Department of Game and Fish conservation officers will increase patrols on State Game Commission-owned properties. Commission properties also will follow the same restrictions or closures in place on properties adjacent to U.S. Forest Service or BLM lands. Additional [...]