Monthly Archives: March 2011

Fishing Clinic in Cruces!!!

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This is good stuff…


Here fishy, fishy… Learn the basics of reeling ’em in

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Mesilla Valley Flyfishers will co-sponsor a kids fishing clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 9.

Topics will include casting, fly tying, fishing rules and regulations, hooks and knots, and identifying fish and insects.

“It gives them other things to do besides watching TV and playing video games,” said New Mexico Game and Fish Warden Ray Aaltonen of the annual event.

Bring fishing gear, sunscreen and a jacket to the Alumni Pond at New Mexico State University, located West of the Pan American Center. Those without fishing gear may borrow some at the clinic.

Lunch will be served at noon. And there will be free prizes and snacks for kids.

The event is open to all children and their parents. Participation from kids with little or no fishing experience is encouraged. The program is free to children age 11 and under. Children age 12 or older must have a New Mexico fishing license. An adult must accompany children attending the event.

Pre-registration is required at New Mexico Department of Game & Fish by calling (575) 532-2100.

-Sun-News report

More Commission Stuff…

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This is an article on Dutch getting removed from the Commission…


By Christine Steele
Posted: 03/18/2011 11:44:57 PM MDT


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Dutch Salmon (Courtesy photo)

SILVER CITY – Gov. Susana Martinez removed three commissioners from the State Game and Fish Commission this week, including Silver City’s M.H. “Dutch” Salmon, who had nine months left on his term.

Martinez removed Salmon, Gary Fonay, and Kent Salazar. Salmon, the only one of the three to be confirmed by the Senate, received a letter Thursday dated March 15, removing him from the commission effective immediately.

“Thank you for serving on the State Game Commission and your service to the State of New Mexico,” the letter states. “This letter is to inform you that Governor Susana Martinez is removing you as a member of the State Game Commission. Your removal is effective immediately.”

The letter is from Adam Feldman, director of boards and commissions, and tells the removed board members that if they would like to reapply they can e-mail Feldman their résumés.

In a brief statement, Martinez’s spokesman Scott Darnell said the removals were “part of the ongoing review of boards and commissions,” and the Governor’s Office will be announcing the board’s new membership next week.

Salmon said he was a little surprised by the removal, since he had such a short time to go on his term and he had been confirmed by the Senate.

“I thought they’d let me finish out my term,” he said. “I didn’t expect to get re-appointed. I’ve always felt that commissioners and board members should be allowed to serve out their term unless they were derelict in their duties. The time to replace


a person is when their term is up, but governors sometimes like to clean house, so to speak, and evidently that was the case here.”Salmon was appointed to the Commission in January 2005 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson. That appointment was to finish out two years on another commissioner’s term. He was re-appointed in 2007 for a four-year term that was set to expire at the end of 2011.

Salmon has a long history as an outdoorsman, conservationist and author. He’s a former newspaper reporter for the Albuquerque Journal and has written six non-fiction books and three novels. He has been in southwestern New Mexico since 1979 and served on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission in the 1980s.

During his time on the Game and Fish Commission, Salmon said worked on several issues, include getting the otter reintroduced to the Rio Grande and working toward getting it reintroduced to the Gila, recovering native fish in the Gila without doing away with the non-native sport fish that the anglers prefer – a “tricky issue,” he said has not yet been solved – and protecting the rights of resident hunters.

“I was trying to give the resident hunter and fisherman an even break on licenses and tags and so forth,” he said. “I think, generally speaking, too high a percentage of licenses have gone to non-residents and we need to favor our native New Mexicans a little more.”

And, trying to find the right balance between wolf reintroduction and livestock protection, another tricky issue that has not yet been solved yet, he said.

He also initiated a rule change that bans underwater spearguns in streams – a situation he likened to shooting fish in a barrel. The rule now only allows those spearguns in lakes and reservoirs.

Local hunter and angler and lifelong New Mexican Jason Amaro, who runs the blog The New Mexico Sportsman ( was not happy to hear about Salmon’s removal.

“Hunters and fishermen in southwest New Mexico have been lucky to have Dutch Salmon as our regional representative on the State Game Commission,” he said. “He has a wealth of knowledge about hunting and fishing in the Gila region and has always been available whenever sportsmen had concerns about Game Commission business.

“The news stunned me and will undoubtedly shock other hunters in the area. The Game Commission has had some bad apples in the past, and New Mexico hunters and fishermen were hoping Gov. Martinez would start a new era by appointing knowledgeable sportsmen – like Dutch Salmon – rather than political donors to the commission. She still hasn’t said who she wants to represent southwest New Mexico, but kicking Dutch off the commission with a year left on his term was a bad start.

“As a sportsman, the way I look at the role of a commissioner is to fight for the rights of hunters and fisherman in New Mexico and hopefully this new commissioner will really take that to heart and won’t make game management a money issue.”

Gary Fonay, who was appointed to the Commission in February 2010 but never confirmed by the Senate, said he was also disappointed with Salmon’s removal.

“He has done an outstanding job,” he said. “He only had nine months left. I would have thought she would have let him remain and finish his term and allow some continuity there.”

Salazar was also in his final year of a four-year term, but had never been confirmed by the Senate. He said it was unusual to see a confirmed person be removed from the board by a new governor.

“Especially someone with a great conservation background like Dutch,” he said. “I think he has represented his area very well.”

The state Game and Fish Commission is represented by seven appointed members, five who represent the districts they live in and two at-large commissioners

“We all serve the commission at the pleasure of the governor,” said current Game Commission Chairman Jim McClintic.

McClintic’s term was up Dec. 31, he said, and he is still waiting to hear whether he will be re-appointed.

“Dutch and I disagreed on issues, but at the end of the day we were friends,” he said. “He was a very well-respected gentleman and I admired him for that and for sticking up for what he believed in and I hope Dutch and I remain friends.”

Salmon said he might reapply, but doesn’t expect to be selected.

“I might throw in the resume just to see what happens,” he said.

Salmon said the future Game and Fish commissioner who represents southwestern New Mexico will have to continue to focus on the issue of wolf reintroduction, look out for the interests of resident hunters on big game hunts, and pursue getting otters reintroduced to the Gila.

Christine Steele can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5802.

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New Commissioners Announced

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This is from the Las Cruces Sun News, I need to do some research before I comment…



Governor Appoints Game Commission Members By The Associated Press Monday, 21 March 2011 17:09 New members are Bill Montoya of Alto, Jerry Maracchini of Rio Rancho, Robert Hoffman of Las Cruces and Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed four new members to the New Mexico Game Commission, including two former directors of the state Game and Fish Department.

The new members are Bill Montoya of Alto, Jerry Maracchini of Rio Rancho, Robert Hoffman of Las Cruces and Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari.

Montoya had worked for the Game and Fish Department for 28 years, overseeing conservation and game management before taking the director’s position.

Maracchini held numerous positions with the agency over 27 years.

Both men have degrees in wildlife sciences from New Mexico State University.

Hoffman is a retired NMSU professor, and Bidegain works for a family-owned and operated cattle ranch in Tucumcari. He also serves on the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association board of directors.

The appointments were announced Monday.

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2011 Events!!!

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Okay Everybody…

Time to get serious and get all of this stuff written down…  I have been thinking about goals and where I want to be by the time hunting seasons roll around and I just don’t know.  I don’t feel like I have a solid baseline.  I reviewed some goals that I had like the ability to Single-Dumbbell Curl 45lbs 6 times and I have already achieved that.  I also wanted to be able to run solid 12 minute miles for at least an hour… Well, I am doing that…  I could re-goal and I probably will do that but I want to take a different approach to things.  When I am on the mountain I always consider a successful day if two things happen.  I show up and if I could survive if I had to.

I am going to take that approach with my training.  I am going to list a few events that I want to show up for in 2011 and I hope I survive.

  • Las Cruces Half-Marathon with my niece Adrianna
  • Warrior Dash – Location to be determined
  • NM Big-game hunts – depends on tags drawn
  • Solo-Backcountry Turkey Hunt/Scouting Trip
  • Solo-Backcountry Coues Deer in AZ

So…Those are my “events” for this year…. Stay tuned…

Video Update!!!!

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Hey Guys… Send me your videos I will add them to my website…

Access to the Valles Caldera???

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To some this might be old news but I just wanted to bring in up…. I pulled this from the AP today.

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. — The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation Thursday that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

The two New Mexico Democrats say hunting, fishing and cattle grazing would be permitted under the bill. The measure also ensures access by area tribes.

The senators first introduced the legislation last year.

The federal government bought the 89,000-acre former cattle ranch in 2000. A nine-member board currently runs the preserve with a mandate of protecting the land, providing recreation while also allowing cattle grazing and making the preserve financially self-sustaining by 2015.

This could be a good thing…  As many of you know in Valles Caldera it is all about the money, you have to pay for everything.  Not only do you have to pay for everything you just can’t show up and hunt or fish or even hike.  The original idea was that if the state was going to purchase all this land that it should be self-sustaining.  Well, that is a great idea it just isn’t’ going to happen.  So basically, we have paid for and are paying something that we have very limited access to.  This transfer of management would basically give us more access to the Caldera and it wouldn’t require the Valles Calder to be self-sustaining. 

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What’s the one thing, the one thing that the western hunter can do in the off-season to make us more successful during the season? Scouting? Hanging Trail Cams? Glassing? Shooting? Sure all of those help but if you can’t get to the animal it was all for nothing. How many times have you heard stories about the monster that got away? We have all heard the stories, “He was just out of range and I couldn’t get a shot”. Well the person couldn’t get a shot because they couldn’t move to a better location. I have first hand experience. About 16 years ago I drew an elk tag in one of the better units in NM. I was having a pretty rough hunt. I was seeing bulls but I just wasn’t see the bull that I wanted to kill. Soooo… the last night of the hunt came and the bulls were going nuts, it was pretty obvious that a new bull had come into the area that I was hunting. I was glassing some pretty big country and I glassed a true NM GIANT!!!! Seriously, this was one of the biggest bulls that I have ever seen, he was pushing 400inch…. Easily. So the chase was on, well kind of, I didn’t have a chance in hell of getting in the right position to kill that bull. That was my big bull that got away.

So what is the answer? How do we get these animals killed? When it comes down to it there is no way that we can chase down any animal. It just doesn’t happen but we can give ourselves a fighting chance in getting in front of these animals.  How do we give ourselves that chance?  Well, I call it “Money in the Bank”, let me explain.

Every two weeks like good little soldiers of society we get paid and every two weeks we put a few bucks into a savings account.  Why do we put that money away?  We put it away so that some day when we really need it that we can pull it out and use it.  That is same reason that we should make sure that we are in the best shape that we can be when the hunting seasons start.  Hopefully, you won’t need to dig too deep but in a pinch  it sure is nice to be able to push beyond your known limits to get the job done.

So, if you are a person of the outdoors now is the time to start putting money in the bank.

Over the next we weeks I am going to be describing my journey in getting ready for the mountain.   This blog is not going to be real-time because I want to be able to document my results not only in a qualitative way but in a quantitative way.

Sooo… Let the games begin!!!!



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