May
16
Mon
Deer, elk and exotics hunting rules topic of public meetings
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

News release: Deer, elk and exotics hunting rules topic of public meetings.

To gather public comments, four hybrid public meetings have been scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Jun
4
Sat
Free Fishing Day 2022
Jun 4 all-day

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 4, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 4, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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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4 de junio: día de pesca gratuita en Nuevo México. No se requiere licencia (se aplican todas las demás reglas de pesca).

Jun
11
Sat
Ruidoso Youth 3D Archery Shoot @ Moon Mountain Disc Golf Course
Jun 11 all-day

All youth are welcome! You can bring your own bow or we can provide you a bow so you can participate. There will also be a Wildlife Test as well. At 2:00 p.m. the top shooters and high scores on the test will receive prizes. We will also be giving out other door prizes to the kids who participated. Lunch and water will be provided as well.

Jun
15
Wed
EPLUS Primary Zone (PMZ) Landowner List
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm

Visit the EPLUS webpage to learn more about the program. Click on the Hunters tab to obtain a copy of the PMZ list.

Jul
16
Sat
Valle de Oro NWR Latino Conservation Week – Outdoors 101 Day @ Valle de Oro NWR
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The NMDGF will be participating in the Valle de Oro NWR Latino Conservation Week – Outdoors 101 Day. NMDGF personnel will be demonstrating casting skills with children visiting the refuge. Other non-Department activities will be provided as well.

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
8
Mon
Habitat Stamp Program Public Meeting
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting in order to allow the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to discuss and prioritize current Habitat Stamp Program project opportunities. Members of the public are invited to attend this hybrid public meeting in order to provide comment(s). Current project opportunity summary slides are available to view on the Habitat Stamp Program website. Members of the CAC and the public are encouraged to review project opportunity summary slides in advance of the hybrid public meeting.

 

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
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
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
15
Thu
Classroom Presentations @ Lydia Rippey Elementary School
Sep 15 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

NMDGF will give presentations that focus on careers associated with natural resources, along with fisheries and fish biology and animal science.

Sep
16
Fri
Classroom Presentations @ Lydia Rippey Elementary School
Sep 16 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

NMDGF will give presentations that focus on careers associated with natural resources, along with fisheries and fish biology and animal science.

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.

Classroom Presentations and Fishing Clinic @ Eagle Nest Elementary School
Sep 23 @ 8:30 pm – 2:30 pm

NMDGF will give presentations that focus on fish biology, fishing safety, fishing knots, rules and regulations, equipment preparation, casting and fishing opportunities in New Mexico. At the lake, the students will assemble their gear and go fishing. We normally practice catch and release; however, a few fish will be kept for dissection purposes. This event is closed to the public.

Sep
24
Sat
Casting Skills – Tesuque Pueblo @ Tesuque Pueblo Intergenerational Center
Sep 24 all-day

NMDGF Aquatic Education will be working with 20 Tesuque Pueblo youth practicing casting skills at the Tesuque Pueblo Intergenerational Center on Sept. 24. The group will follow up with a fishing day on Sept. 25 on their own. This event is closed to the public.