Skills Camps

The Department of Game and Fish will offer hunting, fishing or shooting camps throughout the state of New Mexico to assist in the R-3 (recruit, retain, and reactivate) mission. Camps will be year round, overnight or day camps, for families and those new to hunting, fishing, and shooting. A positive learning environment will be created to learn and pass along the hunting, angling and shooting heritage.


Online Hunter Education graduates and their families and outdoor enthusiasts looking to expand their skill set will get an introductory course in various firearms, archery, angling and other outdoor skills in a safe, positive environment.

Ladies Social Hour


Updated 3-18-2022

It’s hard to believe that spring turkey season is just weeks away! There is quite a bit of interest to Talk Turkey so we are inviting you to our next Ladies’ Social Hour scheduled for March 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar.

For this session, we invited back Helen Butt, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) New Mexico Women in the Outdoors Coordinator. Helen will focus on spring turkey hunting tips, tricks, and hacks. Our conversation will cover a variety of turkey hunting topics that will help even the very novice of turkey hunters up to providing pointers for even the seasoned turkey hunting fanatics. We also encourage you to bring a turkey call of any kind so Helen can help you get familiar with it and even fine-tune your turkey lingo.

Helen is an avid hunter, but turkey hunting is her passion and she was successful in completing the Grand Slam for turkey in 2021.

We encourage you to view our previous turkey hunting conversations Let’s Talk Turkey from March 24, 2021, and Turkey Hunting Strategies and Turkey Calling from April 13, 2021. These previous sessions will help build a good foundation for our conversation in a couple of weeks.

If you have specific questions, send them to Jennifer, Tristanna and/or Colleen. We will add them to the agenda and make sure to cover them during this session.

To participate, please register in advance for the March virtual session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom session.

To view any previous social hours, please visit the Department’s YouTube page.

New and inexperienced hunters will gather for a weekend of hunting with mentors. Participants will learn tracking, stalking, shooting, processing, and cooking skills. Youth 17 and under must have a valid Hunter Education certificate or a Mentored Youth certificate (See Hunter Education for more information). These camps will most likely be overnight camping.

No camps offered at this time. Check back for updates.

New and inexperienced anglers will gather for a weekend of fishing with mentors. Participants will learn the basics of tackle, gear, baiting a hook, casting, catching, and cooking the catch.

No camps offered at this time. Check back for updates.

New and inexperienced shooters will gather for a weekend of discipline specific training, for example learning the game of skeet.

May 14, 2022:
Bowhunter Skills Camp – Interested in learning about archery and bowhunting? Click on the flyer for more details!

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Skills Camps Contact

Cody Johnston
Shooting Program Coordinator
505- 575-291-2138