Hunter Education Skills Day @ Esther Bone Public Library
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting a Hunter Education Skills Day at Esther Bone Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 31, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is open to youth 10-17 years of age who have not yet passed a hunter education course. Participants will have the opportunity to earn their hunter education certification during this session.

This opportunity is free, and the course is a blended learning session. For the first part of the session, students must complete their reading, quizzes, and exam online at https://www.ilearntohunt.com/newmexico/ before the July 31 Skills Day (once registered a code will be provided so the student can take the online portion free of charge). In part two, students who complete the required online portion will bring their completion certificate to the in-person session on July 31, hosted at the library.

During the skills day, Department staff and certified volunteer instructors will be sharing their hunting knowledge and providing students the opportunity to learn how to safely handle deactivated hunting-style firearms, test their ethical shot placement and safe firearms handling skills with a shoot/don’t shoot simulator, and have the unique opportunity to learn how to field dress and elk using the Department’s new virtual reality field dressing simulator!

Participants must bring their lunch, snacks and drinks for the day.

Registration Details:

To qualify, participants must be at least 10 years of age at the time of registration and have not previously passed a hunter education course. Space is limited to 15 and will be filled on a first-come basis. Each youth must submit a completed registration form at https://forms.office.com/g/92WtBUvvXa to qualify. Registration opens on July 8 at 9 am.

Before completing this registration form, each youth must have a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Customer Identification Number (CIN) account. If the student does not have an account, please go to https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us to create one. Be sure to write down the CIN that is assigned to the youth.

Fly Fishing 101 Class @ Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This class is open to any lady who is interested in learning the basics of fly fishing. The morning session will focus on fly fishing equipment selection, knot tying, selecting lures/flies, casting instruction and general discussions on where to go. The afternoon session will be on the water! Casting and fishing instruction will be provided by professional fishing guides and Trout Unlimited -Enchanted Circle Chapter volunteers. Loaner equipment will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have it.

This class will be offered by volunteers from the Enchanted Circle Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Registration opens July XX at 9am at XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending.

3-D Archery Adventure with SMU-in-Taos @ Fort Burgwin
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SMU-in-Taos Summer College Program will participate in a 3-D Archery Adventure Shoot. College-age students will walk a pre-determined course in small groups. Each archer gets a one to three shots at a three-dimensional target shaped like an animal. The targets on the animals cover the vital areas where a hunter would normally aim. These courses challenge archers to adapt their shooting to account for variable conditions, distances and angles. Students will learn how to score a target and track their individual score.

Private event. – Must be pre-enrolled through the SMU-in-Taos summer program.

Scout Fall Adventure Day
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Department staff will be working a wildlife station for the Scout Fall Adventure Day. This event is closed to the public.

N/A.  Closed to the public.