Southern New Mexico State Fair – NMDGF Booth @ Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

NMDGF I&E and OHV staff will be in attendance to help answer questions from the public, inform OHV users about local laws and education programs, and provide living with wildlife/conservation education information.

Hunter Education Instructor Training Workshop @ Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

This workshop is required to become a certified hunter education instructor and will certify the individual to teach both the Traditional and the Field Day Hunter Education student courses. This workshop also provides a NM Hunter Education certification to new instructors who need a required NM hunter education number. All participants must register prior to attending. Please see registration details below.

Interested applicants need to first become a certified Game and Fish volunteer. Below are the steps to become a certified volunteer:
1. Create a Customer Identification Account (CIN) with the Department at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/
2. Fill out a volunteer application at https://new-mexico.volunteers.kalkomey.com/
3.Once the application is approved, certified volunteers can sign-up for the hunter education workshop through their CIN account

Stephen M. Bush Shooting Range Repairs @ Stephen M. Bush Shooting Range
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Department staff will be making repairs to the berms and doing a general cleanup at the department’s Stephen M. Bush Shooting Range in Clayton, New Mexico. This will take place over Oct. 12-13, 2022. The range will be closed to the public on these days for staff safety.

Bernardo Youth Pheasant Hunt (only for youth who drew a permit to hunt at Bernardo) @ Bernardo Wildlife Management Area
Oct 15 @ 5:00 am – 1:00 pm

NMDGF will be working the Bernardo Youth Pheasant Hunt. This hunt is only open for youth who drew a permit.

Capitan Future Farmers of America Fishing Day @ Alto Lake
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The NMDGF Aquatic Education Program will be fishing with 50 Capitan middle and high school students with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization at Alto Lake, New Mexico, on Oct. 15, 2022. NMDGF fishing contractor Casey Harthorn and Dennis Segura will be working the event. This event is closed to the public.

Nature Niños Intro to the Outdoors @ Shady Lakes
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nature Niños is excited to plan a big community event at Shady Lakes this fall. Sat., Oct. 29 has been reserved as an “Intro to the Outdoors” community event at Shady Lakes. This event will be hosted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while out on the property. The hunter education pellet trailer will be available for families to learn about safe, ethical and responsible firearms handling and how to enroll in a hunter education course.

Hunter Education – Field Day @ Sydney Paul Gordon Shooting Range
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A Field Day course is an accelerated instructor-led hunter education course and is for students 10 years of age and older. Students under 11 must have a parent/adult present with them during class. This course incorporates less lecture and review and adds more hands-on components. All students MUST complete the Today’s Hunter student manual homework before class. Students can pick up a free hard copy manual at Sydney Paul Gordon Shooting Range, Rock Cliff Rd., La Luz, NM 88337 starting Oct. 12, or the manual can be downloaded for free at any time from, hunter-ed.com/newmexico/manual/. Students are required to turn in their completed manual worksheets upon arrival to class.