Monthly Archives: December 2011

Archery Coues Update – 3 Days Out

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And yes I know there is a typo…



Almost Time.. Scouting Vid

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DANG…. I hate snow….



Bucks on my Hit List!!!!

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Antelope Poachers…. APB

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Let’s find these people…







ESTANCIA – The Department of Game and Fish would like to make the holidays a lot less merry for whoever shot two pronghorn antelope and left them to rot in a field near Estancia.


Conservation officer John Martsh said the antelope were killed sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dect. 15, off N.M. 542 near mile marker 3 just south of Estancia. There was no hunting season in progress at the time.


“It appears that someone drove up, shot the antelope and then left the scene in a hurry to prevent being caught,” Martsh said.


A $350 reward is being offered for information that leads to charges being filed in connection with the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-4263. Callers may remain anonymous.

NM Specifc Online Firearms Broker

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Hey Guys…

I just got this email and it seems pretty cool… Maybe it will gain steam, it sure would be nice to buy,sell and trade firearms locally…  I don’t know anything about these guys but it might be worth checking out..


Hi Jason, My name is Peter Rose-Molina. I am the administrator at I am writing to introduce myself and our

We are a free classified website dedicated to providing a marketplace
for law abiding citizens of New Mexico to Buy and Sell and Trade their
firearms with each other.

We launched in September of 2011 and are currently looking to grow and
build more traffic to the site. We plan on being here awhile.

I came across your New Mexico Sportsman blog while searching for New
Mexico gun groups and I liked what I read so I linked you in our links
section with a little description about you and your blog.

When you find time, please check us out at: and if you think it is a resource that
your readership would benefit by, please link back to me. Any help you
could give us to get the ball rolling would be greatly appreciated.

I had a hard time finding a way to contact you through your blog but
finally found your email on your fb fans page. Just an fyi.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me and thanks for your time.
take care, peter

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OK… You guys know that I can be pretty hard on the Dept of Game and Fish…. It is not because I hate them or have anything personal against them it is just that I want them to do the right (IMO) for the Resident Sportmans of NM…  Anyway, about 2 years ago Dan W. and I talked about trying to get the Commission Meetings broadcast on the internet.  At the time we both thought it would be a good idea but we just didn’t think it would happen in a timely manner…WELLLLLLL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED…. This is pretty cool… Look at this press release.  I just talked to Dan W. and he mentioned that it is something that the Martinez Administration is really pushing… Cool… This made my day….

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

Public contact: (505) 476-8000






SANTA FE – Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Game Commission will be broadcast live over the internet. Webcasting the meeting aligns with Gov. Susana Martinez’s initiative to make state government more accessible and transparent.


The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. The public can access the live webcast from the Governor’s website, Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.


Video from Thursday’s meeting, as well as future meetings will be posted in the website archives.


The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings, and other information about Thursday’s meeting are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules, along with the opportunity to comment on proposals, are available on the Department website.


Agenda items include:


A proposal to allow unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake, which addresses the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery.


  • Discussion with private landowners regarding proposed agreements that would give public hunters access to private land to hunt bighorn sheep in the Fra Cristobal and Culebras mountains in 2012. The agreements would allow the Department of Game and Fish to offer the first public hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep on private land. The agreements would give landowners reciprocal hunting opportunities.


  • Proposed amendments to elk hunting rules that would modify eligibility requirements for the Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts, and increase hunting opportunities.


  • Discussion of options for future allocations of Habitat Stamp Program funds that would provide for wildlife habitat improvements on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.


The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Jim McClintic, Vice-chairman Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Tom Arvas, Bill Montoya, Scott Bidegain, Robert Hoffman and Robert Espinoza Sr.



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Hey Everybody

I have been getting a ton of calls regarding the sheep lo tags so I called the Dept to see if I could get some answers regarding the restrictions.

Below is a quote from the Proclamation…
*Culebra Mountains, Fra Cristobal Bighorn Sheep Hunts These hunts occur only on private land. Landowners have placed certain restrictions on these hunts. Please call the Department at (505) 476-8038 for more information about these restrictions

This number goes to a guy named Aaron…  I asked him what the restrictions were… and he had no idea… SOOOOO… He made an internal transfer of my call to Darrel Weybright…  From the way Darrel answered the call I think he thought I was Erin… He answered very casually.  I guess Darrel is in charge of this entire thing…  SOOO… Bullet points of our long call…

1) It will be a 50/50 split… LO to draw

2) THERE WILL BE NO SCOUTING prior to your hunt

3) You will be allowed to camp in designated areas

4) You will need to be chaperoned by a ranch designee

5) Your party can be a max of 4 people

6) He brought up the Leo Sims deal and I called him on it… He refused to even talk about it or even address it then he said that he had to go… IMO, kind of strange and I didn’t get a good feeling about it AT ALL…

7) This hunt will happen unless the commission opposes it but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen

8) There is a potential contract between the Game and Fish and the LO but he wouldn’t share it with me and he said the commissioners don’t have a copy of it so I am not sure how they could review the topic if they don’t know what they are agreeing to.

9) I want to stress that I am glad that these LO have helped the residents on NM with Conservation BUT I just wish all of this was on the table… I don’t like the precedent that is being created.  We all agree the that LO system is messed up and now we are adding one more species to the list…  I don’t like the fact that there is this contract but it hasn’t had any public input…

10) I JUST ADDED THIS… BUT Darrel said that there would be 2 hunters on the mountain at a time… Because the the hunt codes indicate two draw hunters at a time this implies that the LO Tag Holders will have a different season….


NM Fishing Report Dec 13th….

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This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.




Animas RiverThe flow is 240 cfs. No report due to weather.

Chama River – No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 382 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 388 cfs. The Chama below El Vado Dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable.The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.

San Juan RiverUpper section – Catch and Release flow is 493 cfs.The habitat improvements and silt remediation project on the San Juan was completed last week. The work in “The Braids,” has been very productive as fish have moved into this new habitat where they previously weren’t. Good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species.

El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Heron LakeNo report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.




Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is done until spring.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 61 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and there is snow and ice.

Red River – No read on flow due to ice at Questa and 38 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working. Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone while on their beds.

Rio Grande– No read on flow due to ice at Cerro. Flow is 446 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are high and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the browns. Pike fishing is starting to get going. Best bet is to use large red and white lures or flies.

Rio Hondo – No read on flow due to ice. Trout fishing is reported as slow with snow and ice. Best bet is to fish at the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Rio Pueblo No read on flow due to ice. No report.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – The lake is closed to fishing until the ice is thick enough to allow it. The lake is also closed to boats for the winter. The New Mexico Game Commission will consider allowing unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake to address the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, in Albuquerque.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – No report

Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree Ponds No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. Closed to ice fishing.


West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains


Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 20 cfs. The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez was stocked Nov. 11 and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until next spring.

Metro DrainagesThe fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 300 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 200; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 121; and Peralta with 250.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to ice on the lake.

Cochiti Lake – No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above Tetilla due to a log boom in place on the lake.

Fenton Lake – The lake has iced over and is closed to ice fishing because of dangerous ice conditions.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,538 triploid rainbow trout. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss when using bunny leeches and black beetles.


East–Central, including the Pecos River


Coyote CreekClosed for the season.

Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.

Conchas Lake – No report.

Morphy Lake – Closed for the season.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

Sumner Lake –Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.

Ute Lake – No report.




Gila River – The flow is 66 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 937 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow and water levels are very low. Best bet is below the spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report due to light traffic and weather. The Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo was stocked with 1,700 triploid rainbow trout.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is slow for trout. The ponds were stocked with 199 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.

Quemado Lake – No report.




Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 6.6 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as slow on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher.

Bonito Lake – Closed for the season.

Bottomless Lakes: No report.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are reported from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2012-2013 Procs are OUT!!!!

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Happy snowy day everybody…

Well…. it looks like the 2012-2013 Game and Fish Procs are out…

Here is a link to the .PDF