Jul
28
Thu
Bear Canyon Dam Project Groundbreaking @ Bear Canyon Reservoir
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am

You’re invited to join Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Governor Howie Morales for the Bear Canyon Dam Project Groundbreaking

Improving Infrastructure for Our Future

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to join Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Governor Howie Morales for the initiation of the Bear Canyon Dam Project Groundbreaking. Bear Canyon Dam was constructed from 1936-37 by the Works Progress Administration, WPA, under President Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative to boost the economy following the Great Depression. The associated reservoir has helped provide a consistent source of water for downstream irrigation from its inception. Since 1947, the Department has managed the reservoir to provide fishing and public recreation opportunities for local residents and tourists.

In a project reminiscent of the dam’s origin, the State of New Mexico will be investing approximately $10 million to modernize the dam’s infrastructure. Gov. Lujan Grisham will be initiating the project as part of the summer-long infrastructure tour on JULY 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. “This investment in improving infrastructure for our future will ensure continued dam safety as well as provide for ongoing irrigation operations and outdoor recreation opportunities,” said the Department’s director Michael Sloane. Implementing the Bear Canyon Dam Project is a high priority for the Department given its numerous benefits to local communities and all New Mexican’s who enjoy the outdoors.

Please RSVP to attend this event by emailing your name and any organization affiliation to events.nmdgf@state.nm.us.

Please visit this link for driving directions.

The media is invited to attend this event. For media questions, please contact Ryan Darr, assistant chief of information, at 505-476-8027 or by email at Ryan.Darr@state.nm.us. The general public is also encouraged to contact the NMDGF Information Center at 888-248-6866 with any questions.

Jul
29
Fri
Outdoor Adventures Show @ Manuel Lujan Building, Expo N.M.
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Outdoor Adventures Show

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to attend the 2022 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show. Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid New Mexico hunting or fishing license.

The annual event opens to the public Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This year’s event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display by local dealers. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Youth participants will have an opportunity to learn or enhance skills at the free catch-and-release fishing pond. All visitors can enjoy the pellet shooting range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H, and the archery range. A silent auction will give participants the chance to win one of over 10 New Mexico bighorn sheep European-style mounts.

Outdoor Adventures Poster 2022

  • Learn or enhance your skills at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish catch-and-release fishing pond.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
  • Latest OHVs, RVs, boats, kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Silent auction with 10+ N.M. bighorn sheep European-style mounts.
Jul
30
Sat
Community Fishing Derby @ Escondida Lake
Jul 30 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Community Catfish Fishing Derby at Escondida Lake
7 a.m.: Registration for youth anglers
8 a.m.: Noon – Fishing Event

All are welcome to attend.

Prizes awarded to top youth in each age category.

NM Fishing License required for ages 12 and over.

Registration on site at 7 a.m. for youth.

Outdoor Adventures Show @ Manuel Lujan Building, Expo N.M.
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Outdoor Adventures Show

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to attend the 2022 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show. Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid New Mexico hunting or fishing license.

The annual event opens to the public Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This year’s event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display by local dealers. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Youth participants will have an opportunity to learn or enhance skills at the free catch-and-release fishing pond. All visitors can enjoy the pellet shooting range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H, and the archery range. A silent auction will give participants the chance to win one of over 10 New Mexico bighorn sheep European-style mounts.

Outdoor Adventures Poster 2022

  • Learn or enhance your skills at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish catch-and-release fishing pond.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
  • Latest OHVs, RVs, boats, kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Silent auction with 10+ N.M. bighorn sheep European-style mounts.
Jul
31
Sun
Outdoor Adventures Show @ Manuel Lujan Building, Expo N.M.
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Outdoor Adventures Show

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to attend the 2022 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show. Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid New Mexico hunting or fishing license.

The annual event opens to the public Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This year’s event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display by local dealers. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Youth participants will have an opportunity to learn or enhance skills at the free catch-and-release fishing pond. All visitors can enjoy the pellet shooting range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H, and the archery range. A silent auction will give participants the chance to win one of over 10 New Mexico bighorn sheep European-style mounts.

Outdoor Adventures Poster 2022

  • Learn or enhance your skills at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish catch-and-release fishing pond.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
  • Latest OHVs, RVs, boats, kayaks on display by local dealers.
  • Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides available to answer questions.
  • Silent auction with 10+ N.M. bighorn sheep European-style mounts.
Aug
19
Fri
State Game Commission Public Meeting @ Gallup
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am

Visit Commission Meetings & Agendas for more information.

Aug
20
Sat
State Game Commission Public Meeting @ Albuqeruque
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am

Visit Commission Meetings & Agendas for more information.

Aug
26
Fri
Hunter Education Courses
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Keep checking for updates to our hunter and bowhunter education course schedule. Courses are added to the class list as we hear from our volunteer instructors. See Courses & How-to-Register.

Aug
27
Sat
OHV Class Calendar
Aug 27 – Nov 12 all-day
All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Training (ATV) @ Los Lunas River Park
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program presents an ATV safety class provided by the Village of Los Lunas Open Space Division. Students completing the class receive the safety permit required for off-highway vehicle operators under the age of 18 years.

ATVs and safety gear are available for use during the class.

Students must be at least 6 years of age. Space is limited – all students must already have or must create a free account with the Department of Game and Fish (https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/), and register prior to the class. This ensures that each student will have an age- and size-appropriate training ATV available.

Introduction to Archery @ Elephant Butte Lake - Dirt Dam Area
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to archery for all ages. Come out and shoot our NASP bows and arrows. Personal recurve and long bows are allowed, but NO COMPOUND BOWS. We will have classic NASP targets set up as well as a short 3-D target course. 8 a.m. to Noon – Shoot as much as you want. All are welcome to attend. NM Fishing License required ages 12 and over.

Registration starts at 8 a.m.

Bear Fest @ Los Alamos Nature Center
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NMDGF will be working an informational/educational booth at the Bear Fest in Los Alamos.

Sep
7
Wed
Off-Highway Vehicle Act Certification
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was asked to provide Off-Highway Vehicle Act certification training to basic State Police Academy cadets at the New Mexico Dept of Public Safety Academy. This event is free but not open to the public. The certification training will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a closed to the public indoor training facility.

Sep
13
Tue
September Ladies Hunting and Angling Social Hour @ Virtual on Zoom
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hunting season is upon us! You are invited to our September session where we will be discussing hunting New Mexico’s largest game animal, the wapiti (elk). Our conversation will focus on looking for habitats where elk like to hang out, identifying elk sign, elk hunting gear tips, and basic calling techniques. While this event is focused on ladies, we welcome everyone to join us.

Contacts:

Jennifer Morgan (505) 222-4722; jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us

Colleen Payne (575) 323-4068; colleen.payne@state.nm.us

Stephanie Walton-Filipczak (505) 222-4733; stephanie.walton@state.nm.us

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckcO-srzkrHNBmgFrJR5pXOejF8OC4vUTp

Sep
14
Wed
Off-Highway Vehicle Act Certification
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was asked to provide Off-Highway Vehicle Act certification training to basic Basic Police Academy cadets at the San Juan County Criminal Justice Training Authority. This event is free but not open to the public. The certification training will be held in Farmington, New Mexico at a closed to the public indoor training facility.

Sep
17
Sat
National Archery in the Schools Program @ New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Northwest Area Office
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The NASP Basic Archery Instructor class utilizes a hybrid learning model. The hybrid class includes a 3-4 hour online class that includes instruction on determining dominant eye, range safety and set-up, coaching techniques, and learning the eleven steps to archery success. The online class is followed up with a 3-4 hour in-person “field day” experience to finalize their certification. Every candidate must pass both portions in order to obtain their NASP BAI certification. Only NASP certified instructors may teach the NASP curriculum. Classes are ongoing throughout the year. To register for a class go to www.naspbai.org. Classes are ongoing throughout the year. Once registered, you will receive a link to view the online NASP video series.

Sep
21
Wed
Tres Piedras Shooting Range Cleanup @ Tres Piedras Shooting Range
Sep 21 all-day

Department staff will conduct a range cleanup at the department’s Tres Piedras shooting range on Sept. 21, 2022. The range will be closed to the public on this day for staff safety.

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) Training for Los Alamos National Labs Employees
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish OHV program was asked to provide certified ROV training to employees of Los Alamos National Laboratories who use UTVs as part of their official duties. Students will be registered manually after reporting their CINs. This event is closed to the public.

Sep
23
Fri
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) Training for Pojoaque Police Department
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was asked to provide certified ROV training to first responders of the Pojoaque Police Department. This event is free but not open to the public. The training will be held in the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico at a closed to the public outdoor training facility.

Sep
24
Sat
National Hunting & Fishing Day 2022
Sep 24 all-day

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 25, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 24, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.

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24 de septiembre: día nacional de la caza y la pesca. No se requiere licencia (se aplican todas las demás reglas de pesca).

All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Training (ATV) @ Los Lunas River Park
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program presents an ATV safety class provided by the Village of Los Lunas Open Space Division. Students completing the class receive the safety permit required for off-highway vehicle operators under the age of 18 years.

ATVs and safety gear are available for use during the class.

Students must be at least 6 years of age. Space is limited – all students must already have or must create a free account with the Department of Game and Fish (https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/), and register prior to the class. This ensures that each student will have an age- and size-appropriate training ATV available.

Sep
27
Tue
STEM Showdown @ Storrie Lake
Sep 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

NMDGF will be participating at the Conservation Science Center STEM Showdown at Storrie Lake. This event is not open to the public.

Sep
28
Wed
STEM Showdown @ Storrie Lake
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

NMDGF will be participating at the Conservation Science Center STEM Showdown at Storrie Lake. This event is not open to the public.

Sep
30
Fri
Cowboy Days @ Ruidoso Downs
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NMDGF will have wildlife specimens to educate school children attending the event.