Recreation News

Recreation News2020-04-08T08:18:21-06:00

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.

Social distancing is a challenge for all outdoors enthusiasts; the itch to get outside just keeps growing. But this is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds recreationists it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.

To help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, all Department offices, all Department hatcheries, Bernardo WMA Tour Loop, Bear Canyon Reservoir, Bill Evans Lake WMA, Colin Nebliett WMA, Rio de los Pinos WMA, Morphy Lake Open Gate property, Monastery Lake Open Gate property and Rio Costilla Open Gate property are closed to the public.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): www.blm.gov/new-mexico
U.S. Forest Service (USFS):  www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates
New Mexico State Lands: www.nmstatelands.org/resources/recreational-access/
New Mexico State Parks: www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/
New Mexico Open Gate Properties: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/maps/open-gate-program/
New Mexico Wildlife Mgmt Areas: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-game-commission-lands/

Outdoor recreationists should consult their local government’s website for information regarding specific city and town lake and recreation area access.

Department closes additional 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, APRIL 6, 2020: Department closes additional properties SANTA FE – At sunset Monday, April 6, 2020, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will close multiple Wildlife Managements Areas and Open Gate properties to promote public safety. Closures include: Bear Canyon Reservoir near Mimbres Bill Evans Lake Wildlife Management Area near Silver City Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area near Eagle Nest Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA) Open Gate public fishing access near Costilla Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Area near Tres Piedras along the New Mexico/Colorado border “The health and safety of New Mexico’s hunters, anglers, outdoor recreationists, small communities and healthcare workers is our top priority,” said Director Mike Sloane. “We cannot ignore the crowds that have begun gathering at these popular fishing [...]

Services available for NM’s hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationalists

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, MARCH 18: Services available for NM’s hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationalists SANTA FE – It’s important for agencies like the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to do their part to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and you can help too. At this time the Department encourages hunters and anglers to utilize the many online and phone services available. Customers seeking general information including; license sales and harvest reporting can still reach the Department by phone at 505-476-8000 or toll-free at 1-888-248-6866. They can reach the Department by email, ispa@state.nm.us or visit online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased online at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department offers educational activities for youth and families. New Mexico wildlife and [...]

Big Game deadline approaching and events across the state are postponed to protect public health

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, MARCH 12, 2020: Big Game deadline approaching and events across the state are postponed to protect public health SANTA FE – Following the New Mexico Department of Health’s public health order regarding mass gatherings and in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), several events in March and April have been postponed. However, the March 18, 2020 deadline to apply for big game hunts in New Mexico is still in place. The Department would like to remind hunters of the upcoming 5 pm. March 18 deadline to apply for the big game draw. Apply now at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/. All nonessential Department employees are working from home; however, a limited number of essential employees will be answering draw related questions from: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March [...]

Hunter attacked by bear near Cliff

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, AUGUST 30, 2019: Hunter attacked by bear near Cliff Cliff – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers have completed the investigation of a black bear attack that occurred near Cliff in southwestern New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 29. The 63 year old licensed guide, was injured when approaching a bear that had been shot by a member of the hunting party. The individual returned to his truck unassisted and drove himself to Gila Regional Medical Center where he was treated for multiple bite wounds to both arms and legs, administered antibiotics and released. "We are thankful the individual was not hurt worse," said Department Director Mike Sloane. "We caution all hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to always be careful around bears, especially if you [...]

Public comment sought on draft Environmental Assessment for construction of a shooting range in Clovis

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 31, 2019: Public comment sought on draft Environmental Assessment for construction of a shooting range in Clovis CLOVIS – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of the Clovis Wing-shooting Complex and Archery Range at Ned Houk Park in Clovis. 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 (USFWS) National Environmental Policy Act Handbook. The proposed range would include a four trap/skeet combination fields, a sporting clays course, a 90-yard archery sight-in [...]