Free Fishing Weekend @ Entire State of New Mexico
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

National Hunting and Fishing Day. No fishing license required on Sept 23-24; all other fishing rules apply

Off-Highway Motorcycle Safety Class @ Santa Fe Training Site (contact for location)
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program presents an off-highway motorcycle safety class open to the general public. Students earn the safety permit required for off-highway vehicle operators under the age of 18 years.

Off-highway motorcycles and safety gear are available for use during the class. A parent or guardian must remain on site during the class.

Space is limited -all students must have a free account with the Department of Game and Fish ( Students must be at least 6 years of age.

Pecos Fishing Derby at Monastery Lake @ Monastery Lake
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The NMDGF Aquatic Education Program will be hosting a fishing station working with Nature Ninos at Monastery Lake for Free Fishing Day Pecos Fishing Derby. The event is open to the public. Please contact Sarah Candelaria at (505) 573 – 0705 for more information.

Registration Details:

Event Open to the public

School Event: Bloomfield High School Wildlife Presentation @ Bloomfield High School
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*This school event is closed to the general public*

NMDGF will be giving a wildlife presentation to wildlife students at Bloomfield High School.

School Event: Fishing Workshops and Clinic @ Eagle Nest Lake
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm

*This school event is closed to the general public.

This event is for the students of Eagle Nest Elementary School. The fishing workshop will cover safety, knots, equipment and casting followed by a fishing clinic held at Eagle Nest Lake.      

Registration Details:

N/A. Closed to the public.

Santa Fe Home School Fishing @ Cowells Pond, Upper Pecos
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Aquatic Education program staff will be fishing with up to 25 youth from the Santa Fe home-school community. Department staff will be on hand to teach the kids how to tie a fishing knot, set up a fishing rig and practice casting skills before fishing.

School Event: Elk Presentations @ V. Sue Cleveland High School
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

*This school event is closed to the general public.

NMDGF will be giving two elk presentations to wildlife students at V. Sue Cleveland High School.

Registration Details:

N/A. Closed to the public.

Hunter Education @ Lea County Fairgrounds, Yucca Bldg.
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This course is open to students of any age seeking hunter education certification to meet hunting requirements in New Mexico. This course is an instructor-led, student course that incorporates lecture, video, break-out sessions, review methods and homework to educate students. Students 10 and under must have a parent/adult present with them during class. All students MUST complete the Today’s Hunter student manual homework before participating in class. Students can pick up a free hard copy manual at Eunice Pump Supply, 321 N Main, Lovington, NM. The manual can also be downloaded for free at, Students are required to turn in their completed manual worksheets upon arrival to class.

Registration Details:

Registration opens on September 11 and is conducted online through the students Customer Id Number (CIN) Account. Once in the account, click on Hunter Education then click the Register for Hunter Ed Classes button and follow the prompts.