Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Hey Guys…
This looks like a good group… You might look into them. I probably should say that rigs like 4-wheelers and motorcycles and trucks do have a place lets just keep them on the road..

New Director of Game and Fish

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Sorry I didn’t get this out sooner but I have been on the road… Ok.. Jim Lane, has been chosen to lead the Dept of Game and Fish. The good is that he is qualified… The bad, well not sure if there is a bad. The only experience that I have with him is his work on the A-plus issue but unfortunately that really didn’t go anywhere…

Ultimately, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and I am willing to work with him until we can get a better feel for him. I will admit that I think the fact that our commission is suspect lead to there only being 5 candidates for the position and that is not a good thing.


ALBUQUERQUE – Jim Lane, chief of the Department of Game and Fish Wildlife Management Division, was selected as the agency’s new director Thursday by the State Game Commission.

Lane will be responsible for overseeing a department with more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $34 million. His duties will begin Oct. 29, continuing the pursuit of the Department’s mission to conserve, protect, enhance, manage and propagate the state’s wildlife and its habitat for public recreation and food supply.

Lane will replace current Director Tod Stevenson, who announced plans to retire this month after having worked 33 years with the Department, including three as director.

As chief of the Wildlife Management Division, Lane was is responsible for a staff of 17 and an annual budget of $4.1 million. His division is in charge of big-game, habitat enhancement, wild turkey, small game, migratory bird, furbearer, bear and cougar programs.

In three years with the Department, Lane has helped increase numbers of big-game licenses, improved communication within the agency and with sportsmen and landowners, established a four-year rule process to improve big-game and small-game management decisions, and initiated the process to delist endangered desert bighorn sheep. He previously worked with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as an environmental scientist, wildlife division director, wildlife program coordinator and other positions. He holds a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky, and is a current member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

Lane currently lives in Rio Rancho with his wife, Beth, of 19 years; and children Allison and Christian.

“I’m extremely humbled to have this incredible opportunity to lead an agency of extremely talented professionals dedicated to the hunters, anglers and wildlife of New Mexico,” Lane said. “I look forward to working with everyone with a passion for our state’s natural resources and the recreation opportunities they provide.”

The Commission interviewed four finalists for the position Thursday in executive session, and then selected Lane in public session. Other finalists included:

Dan Brooks, of Santa Fe. A 20-year employee with the Department of Game and Fish, he currently is chief of Law Enforcement, a position he has held for the past 10 years. He also has worked as a wildlife specialist, game warden and public information officer. Many people also know Brooks as the “Cast Iron Ranger,” for his appearances on the Department television show as an outdoor chef. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in renewable natural resources, he also serves as a legislative representative for the Department and as a certified Department of Public Safety law enforcement trainer. He previously worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a wildlife biologist and for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a range technician and biological aide. His research on Coues white-tailed deer led to publication of a book, “Coues White-tailed Deer in Arizona.”

Dale Hall, of Albuquerque has worked for the Department of Game and Fish for 22 years, the past 11 as coordinator of the Habitat Stamp Program and a $1 million annual budget for enhancing wildlife habitat on federal lands. He also has been coordinator of the Landowner-Sportsman Program, guide-outfitter registrar, Northwest Area fisheries manager and assistant Hunter Education coordinator. He previously worked as a wildlife manager for private ranches in Texas and Colorado, and as a big-game damage aide for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and a master’s of agriculture degree in wildlife sciences from Texas A&M University.

Tim Frybarger, of Los Alamos, recently retired after 23 years with the Department of Game and Fish, including the past three as assistant chief of the Wildlife Management Division. He also worked as district wildlife supervisor in northwestern New Mexico, landowner-sportsman coordinator, guide-outfitter investigator, and district wildlife officer in Quemado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University and is a member of the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association and the Wildlife Society.

Floyd Acord, of Oklahoma City, was the only out-of-state applicant for the position. He currently is a security guard. He previously worked as chief of police in Cedar Lake, Okla., and as an oil field worker. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in education from southwestern Oklahoma State University.

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My dad use to always say, “Money talks, BS walks”.  In other words, actions and work speak louder than any words.  So how about some pictures?

Before Picture


After Pictures


The Why? 

Ok, I promised Candace I wasn’t going to go all “Joel Olsteen” in this blog so I will just say that if you are reading this blog then you are smart enough to know what your future is IF you don’t take care of yourself.  In 50 years you 30 years you can’t, “Oh, I didn’t know that Ding Dongs and Ho-Ho’s were bad for me”.

But I didn’t promise Candace that I wouldn’t post some cool motivational videos.  So view the videos below and enjoy!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, beyond measure.”


“Why don’t you stand up and fight this guy HARD, that was beautiful!”

My Workouts

Make friends with pain and you will never be alone!!

This is a tough one for me, not because I don’t have a plan but because I found that my body reacts very differently to different types of “routines”.  You probably notice that I put “routines” in quotations and that is definitely by design.  I am a firm believer that every workout should be different and challenge the body and the mind in different ways.  For me, Cardio is KING!!!  I get my best results by going hard on Cardio.  I find that I lose weight quicker, my blood work is better and that I feel better.  I wish I had some explanation but it just works for me.  You will need to listen to your body and see what works for YOU!!

The Cardio

What do my workouts look like?  Nothing Mind Blowing, Just A Lot of Work!!!  My Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays are dedicated to Cardio.  I rotate between a few different routines.

1) Treadmill – for Distance

2) Treadmill – for Distance; Row Machine – for Distance

3)Treadmill – for Distance; Row Machine – for Distance; Spin Bike – for Distance

4)Wind Sprints on the Mountain – 4 rounds of 400 yards; 10 Arrows between rounds

All of my routines are distance based not time based.  The reason I like the distance based is that it best emulates a back-country adventure.  You are either back at your truck or you are not.

You might have also noticed that I don’t do the elliptical machine, for me I just don’t get my heart rate in the zones I need it to be.  I personally think it is because the elliptical force that is generated by the machine.  In other words the faster you go the less work you are actually doing.  If you question it next time you are on the elliptical, jump off and see if the machine stops.

The Weights

Buildin’ some Hurtin’ Bombs!!! Press me for some Audio!

Do me the favor, next time you go to the gym look around.  How many people are really working out and how many are just socializing?  When I go to the gym I am there to get something done.  I am not there to chit-chat.  I am not trying to be rude I just talk to people all day and the last thing I want to do is talk about the latest episode of “Jersey Shore”.  I think one of the keys to my success is that I take 45 seconds between sets while lifting weight,  it helps keep me in the zone, keeps me focused and it helps develops a sense of urgency.

My Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for old-school Push-Pull Compound Movements.

Push Day

1)Dumbbell  Bench Press

2)Barbell Shoulder Press

3)Machine Triceps Extensions

4)Dumbbell Lateral Raises


6)Include Dumbbell Press


Pull Day

1)Dumbbell Bent Rows

3)Barbell Curls

3)Curl Barbell Curls

4)Seated Rows

5)Lat Pull-downs

6)Barbell Bent Rows

7)Dumbbell Curls

Again nothing mind blowing.  I try to keep my total sets between 15-21 sets for the entire workout and I try to get anywhere from 4-10 reps out of each set.  I also usually run a mile as a quick warm-up before I start my weight workout.

If there is anything that has been reinforced over the last 6 months it is that I need to just get out and move or as they say “Do work”.  It doesn’t matter if you can run 100 yards or a 100 miles you need to start somewhere, just get started.


I personally think that we make this WAY TOO HARD!!!  Protein is king, Processed Carbs are the Devil and fill up with veggies. Pretty simple right?  Also, it is all about burning more than you take in, again pretty simple.  I had to count calories at first because I had NO CONCEPT  of what a true portion was.  Whatever you do don’t over think your meals, it isn’t rocket science, you know what is good for you and what isn’t good for you.


In a perfect world we could get all of our nutrition from the food we eat but do to farming practices, time constraints, family obligations and sometimes costs it is very difficult to have a diet that we consider to be complete.  IMO, this is where supplementation comes into play.  We need to fill in the gaps, some of those gaps may be large and some maybe small but if we are going to ask our bodies to “do work” we need to have as strong a nutritional base as possible.

Over the last 6 months I have been using Wilderness Athlete Products as my secret weapon.  You guys know that I am going to tell you like it is, I use WA products because I believe in them as a company and lets face it, the supplement industry is non-regulated so you better do your due diligence when in comes to supplementation products.  I take their Protein Shakes, Meal Replacement Shakes and there multi-vitamin.

In theory, I could probably substitute these supplements with “real food” but I like the convenience of supplements.  I also thing that it gives you a little mental boost by affirming the fact that you are being proactive with your diet and you are filling in all the gaps.

Whatever you choose make sure it is from a proven company that you can trust.


I use as a way of documenting my progress, I am not sure if anybody cares but I post my mileage for four basic reasons; 1) It helps me track my total running distance over a given time span 2) People really notice and any encouragement that I get is awesome 3) if you skip a few workouts people will “call you out” and get you back on track 4)and hopefully I can help inspire someone to start moving.

I also think one of the most over looked resources is our health-care professionals.  This is were things got serious for me.  Up until this point in my life my health was something I really didn’t think about and I sure as hell didn’t take the time to have my blood tested for any anomalies.  So, I went to the Doctor and asked to be given every test possible.  I wanted to have set of lab results that I could measure and then improve on.  I will admit that this was scary as hell.  All my results were ok accept for my A1C, it was high.  My Doctor wanted to put me on meds and I asked him to give me 3 months.  I was determined to get my A1C down to an acceptable level without meds.  He agreed and basically said that people always try to get things under control without meds and they all fail.  I want to stress that he said that he said that my health was my resoponsiblity and that it was my decision but that I had an uphill battle.   And let’s be honest I was just some dude off the street  and he had no reason to believe that I was going to be any different.

So I went out and bought a glucose meter and I started testing my glucose levels twice a day.  I found this to be a great tool because I could see first hand how food impacted my glucose levels.  At first it was scary but after I figured it out it became a challenge to get my levels as “normal” as possible.  While measure my levels I found that the average American is diabetic or per-diabetic, pretty scary stuff.  Hopefully, by testing early I have gotten ahead of the curve.  Anyway 6 months later by Dr. was impressed, basically said keep doing what I was doing and congratulations.  I said thank you and that my battle has just started.

Staying Motivated and Handling Adversity

This was a tough one, anybody can do something a week or maybe two but to really make a lifestyle change  takes commitment and a true sense of urgency.  Like everybody I have had my lows where I felt like I wasn’t progressing enough or I wasn’t losing weight quickly enough or that I didn’t want to be “burdened” by always having to make the smart dietary choices.  Yeah, it can be rough but three things have kept me focused; my family, knowledge and genetics.

First my family, As many of you know I have pretty much been a tumbleweed all of my life.  I have traveled the world like a tumbleweed being blown in the hot desert winds of the Southwestern United States.  I might get caught in a old rusty barbed wire fence for a little while but it is only temporary until I hit the road again.  I had come to a point in my life where I had traveled the world, done things that people only dream about and I was ready to focus on things that really matter.  Family.  My niece, Adrianna was getting older and I wanted to be around to see her get old.   During the early stage of my fitness challenge, Adrianna and I  ran our first 5k together and we are going to make it a annual event. I also during the initial stages of my challenge I met my future wife.  Candace is just a positive influence in all walks of life.  I jokingly call her my “carrot” when she runs on the treadmill in front of me.

Regarding Knowledge.  If you are reading this you are obviously smart enough to see the future.  In that I mean, we are smart enough realize that if we don’t take care of ourselves NOW the only person that we can blame for our future health issues are ourselves.  There is a point where we need to take responsibly for our health.

Genetics.  My body and those of my ancestors was built to survive famine, dry conditions and maximize carbohydrates.  Yeah it sucks but I am just waiting for the next famine or drought to hit the earth.  Some people label my body as an Endomorph.  As a result, I can pack on muscle mass quickly and I have a hard time losing bodyfat.  I also have a genetic predisposition to have diabetes.  Again these are the cards that I have been dealt, I have two options, Fight or Flight.  I have chosen to FIGHT!!!

Along my journey there have been definite bumps in the road.  There have been days when my body just doesn’t want to “get to work”, there have been days when I have made bad dietary choices, there have been days when my work schedule just hasn’t allowed me to “do the right thing”.  So how have I handled these situations? I stop, take a deep breath and repeat my mantra below:

Have Focused Controlled Anger but Dwell on the Positive.

For me this means that it is ok to be angry at yourself for slipping but use that anger to light a fire that will bring failure to it’s knees and after you have used that anger to get you back on track remember how good it felt to take a stand for something you really believe in.

Staying Motivated and Handling Adversity isn’t always easy.  You need to find out what keeps you on track, what lights your fire. It can be looking at a picture of your kids, looking at picture of a big bull that out ran you on a previous hunt or looking at videos on Youtube.  Joe Paterno said, “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” Really think about what Joe Pa said.  You should never doubt that if you live with PASSION in your life and you are completely committed to success then you will be successful


So where does this leave me?  My battle has just started.  BRING IT!!!!

Success is defined as getting up one more time than you have been knocked down.




Bear Harvest Limit Increase!!

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I think the Bear harvest limit has just been increased… i am looking to verification but look at this document…

Click Here

It is a PDF…


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Hey Guys…

Just a heads up the 5 people that are going to be looked at for the Game and Fish Director job have been released.. AND it was a mess… Basically the Santa Fe New Mexican Report had to force the issue to get the names released.. It is stuff like this that drives me NUTS!!!!  We want an open process… Either way the candidates seem to be ok and I have worked with a few and I really don’t have any preference..  Except for the dude from OK…  I could have been a lot worse…  I pulled the below article from the New Mexican….


Five vie to lead Game and Fish
State Game Commission will select new director Oct. 13

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Four of the five applicants vying to be director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish all work for the agency.

The only out-of-state applicant works for an Oklahoma City security company and has no wildlife management experience.

The State Game Commission will interview the five candidates and select one on Oct. 13 during a special public commission meeting in Albuquerque.

The four New Mexicans are:

u Dan E. Brooks, a Santa Fe resident, has been the department’s chief of law enforcement since 2001. Brooks has been with the department two decades, working as a fisheries technician, game warden, public information officer and assistant chief. Brooks was the department’s legislative representative from 2003 to 2010 and is a Department of Public Safety law enforcement trainer. He has a bachelor of science in natural resources from the University of Arizona. You can watch Brooks cook campfire food as the “Cast Iron Ranger” on YouTube.

Brooks gives several specific ideas in his cover letter for what he would do as director, such as picking one endangered species to focus on delisting, providing better services to the public and creating a system that allows hunters to buy licenses at “points of sale” such as Walmart stores.

• Dale Hall, who lives in Albuquerque, holds a bachelor of science in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University. He’s worked for the agency 22 years and has been the habitat stamp program manager for the department since 2001. He’s also managed the landowner sportsman program, worked in fisheries and been assistant hunter education coordinator.

“As director, I will set forth recommendations to the commission that are driven by science and biology,” Hall writes in his cover letter. Hall notes there will be continued stakeholder conflicts over a variety of game and fish issues. He believes “injecting market forces would help us simplify rules.”

• James S. Lane, Jr. has been the department’s wildlife management division chief since 2009. In the position, he oversees the big game, wild turkey, migratory bird, black bear and cougar programs. Prior to that he worked for more than a decade with the Kentucky Department of Game and Fish as wildlife program manager, environmental scientist and wildlife division chief. He has master’s degree and a bachelor of science degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky.

Lane, of Rio Rancho, is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. His cover letter notes his experience managing multi-million federal grant budgets and background in regulatory policy.

• Tim Frybarger, a Los Alamos resident, went to work for the agency in 1988 in fisheries. He is currently assistant chief of the wildlife management division. He’s also been a district wildlife supervisor, an outfitter investigator and landowner-sportsman program coordinator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University. He’s a member of the Wildlife Society and past president of the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association.

The agency’s competent, smart staff just needs “clear direction from the Administration and the freedom to do the work they are capable of doing,” he wrote in his cover letter.

• Floyd Acord, the out-of-state applicant, notes in a handwritten cover letter that he has 34 years of law enforcement experience. He has been a security guard, counselor, chief of police and oil field worker.

The director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish oversees a $34 million-plus budget and is responsible for the state’s wildlife. The department manages hunting and fishing on public and private land.

Category: Game and Fish, General