Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Hey Everybody…

How about a little video…

I have to admit these turkeys are UGLY…


Commision Meeting Round-Up

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Overall I think it was a pretty good meeting… To wrap things up…

1) The Commission has agreed to challenge the Terk Decision… This is the decision that basicaly keeps the Quota’s out of the Sheep, Ibex and Oryx draw… If you remember 15 of 16 Sheep Tags went to NR

2) The Gila will be open despite the fires minus a few roads and trails.

3) They are thinking about trying to reduce the number of Nanny’s in the Florida’s.  They are thinking about having a female quota like they do Bear OTC tags. Once a certain number of Nanny’s is shot they will shut down the Nanny hunt.


Category: Game and Fish

Overturn Terk???

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“The Department just said at the Commission meeting that it would petition the Court to overturn the Terk injunction”

This basically means it would put exotics back into the quota for tag allocation.. Last year 15 of 16 Desert Big Horn Sheep tags went to Non-Residents…

Category: General

Commission Meeting Agenda…

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If you can attend the meeting please do there is a ton of stuff going on… The Terk discussion is the big one and is the update on the fires..


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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

Public contact: (505) 476-8000



RIO RANCHO – A proposal to change the way antelope hunting licenses are distributed in some parts of the state, and a discussion of wildfire impacts on wildlife and upcoming hunting seasons are among agenda items for the State Game Commission’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, in Rio Rancho.

Proposed changes to the Pronghorn Antelope Rule stem from ongoing efforts by the Department of Game and Fish to simplify regulations for hunters and private landowners. The proposal would establish hunt dates, areas and management strategies similar to the way the Department manages deer hunting. It would affect mostly areas of southeastern New Mexico. Public-land licenses would be issued through the annual drawing. Private-land licenses would be sold over-the-counter, and hunters would deal with landowners for access to private land.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23, in the council chambers of Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, in Rio Rancho. Detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment are available on the website.

Other agenda items include:

An update on the impact of recent wildfires on wildlife and habitat and how upcoming hunting seasons may be affected.
A proposed amendment to the Hunter Education Rule that would permit young hunters to participate in a program that would allow youths to hunt with an adult mentor and still meet the requirements of the state’s Hunter Training Act.
A presentation about the Terk court decision and its impact on license quotas for bighorn sheep, ibex and oryx.
An update about a proposal to gain public access into an area between White Sands Missile Range and the Carrizozo Lava Flow (Malpais) west of Carrizozo and south of U.S. Highway 380.
An update on the 2011 harvest and depredation statistics for black bears and cougars.
A recommendation to expand ibex hunting opportunities to address an expanding ibex population.

State Game Commission meetings are broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from Gov. Susana Martinez’s website, Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.

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, Paul M. Kienzle and Robert Espinoza Sr.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Sonya Quintana, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

Category: Game and Fish

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000



SANTA ROSA – Anticipating a dramatic drop in the water level at Santa Rosa Lake, the Department of Game and Fish announced an emergency fish salvage order in which all bag limits and size restrictions will be lifted at the lake from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Rules for legal fishing tackle and methods of taking fish will remain in place during the salvage period, and all anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a license.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, announced that the Carlsbad Irrigation District has called for a large release of water to maintain water levels downstream in Sumner Lake and to accommodate irrigation needs. Santa Rosa Lake is expected to fall below boat docks and boat ramps. Low levels also could have negative effects on fish in the lake.

The salvage order was issued to allow anglers to catch as many fish as possible to avoid potential spoilage while the lake is being drained.

For more information, please call Santa Rosa Lake State Park, (575) 472-3110 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (505) 342-3171.


SILVER CITY – Bill Evans Lake, once home of the state record largemouth bass, is rapidly losing its water as the pumps that feed it from the Gila River remain shut down due to ash flow from the Whitewater Baldy wildfire in southwestern New Mexico.

Officials with Freeport McMoRan, which uses the water for its mining operations, said the lake level may drop as much as 40 feet before water conditions improve enough to resume pumping. In the meantime, the Department of Game and Fish has stopped stocking the lake.

Bill Evans Lake is owned by the State Game Commission. The mining company’s four pumps carry water 300 feet uphill from the Gila River to the lake. When full, the 62-acre lake is about 100 feet deep. Fish species include catfish, trout, largemouth bass and sunfish.
The state-record bass, taken in 1995, weighed 15 pounds, 13 ounces.

The lake will remain open for fishing and camping, although boat ramps will be inaccessible.

Category: General

Coues Trail Cam Pictures

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How about some Trail Cam pictures with a little narration??

SE NM Meeting… Access Issue

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Heads Up… Try to attend if you can..



More Details, Down to Unit and Ranch Level…







Public meetings will address BLM hunting agreements in southeastern N.M.

ROSWELL — The Department of Game and Fish will conduct public meetings to discuss an agreement that would allow a southeastern New Mexico landowner to exchange hunting privileges on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property for those on private land. The agreement involves the BLM, the Department, Felix Canyon Ranch and Felix River Ranch.
Unitization agreements benefit sportsmen and landowners. They give hunters access to private land for deer and Barbary sheep hunting. They also provide the landowner greater flexibility in maintaining ranching operations on State and BLM grazing allotments.
Historically, the unitization agreements dealt with State Trust lands and deeded property. Last fall, the State Game Commission agreed to include BLM lands in the process. The change came about after collaboration with the BLM in both Santa Fe and Roswell.
The agreement between the Department of Game and Fish and BLM calls for obtaining input and comments on the unitization process and agreements throughout the state. All comments received will be provided to the Director of the Department of Game and Fish and the BLM state director.
Under the Felix Canyon Ranch and Felix River Ranch agreements, public hunting and access will be restricted on certain portions of BLM land in exchange for opening portions of deeded property to public hunting and access. If approved, this unitization agreement will provide access to thousands of acres of landlocked BLM property.
Three public meetings have been scheduled:
  • Aug. 15: Carlsbad, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Eddy County Extension Office, 1304 W. Stevens
  • Aug. 16: Artesia, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Public Safety Complex, 3300 W. Main St.
  • Aug. 17: Roswell, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Game and Fish Office, 1912 W. 2nd St.
For information about the agreements, please contact George Farmer, habitat specialist, (575) 624-6135 or Written comments may be submitted to: Department of Game and Fish, 1912 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM 88201, Attn: George Farmer.

Category: Game and Fish

Cheap and Easy Paper Tuner!!!!

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If you have been an archer for anytime at all you have probably heard about paper tuning your bow.  We all know that it is one of many tools that we can use to indicate how an arrow is coming out of the bow.  You need to paper tune your bow whenever you make a change to your setup.  Most people either go to a bow shop and use their tuner or they make one.  I am not going to rehash the making of an old school PVC Paper Tuner because you can find that material all over the internet, just Google it.  While these PVC Paper Tuners are fuctional they are often what I call one and done.  In other-words, I just use it once then I store, it stash, toss it on my case it ends up as a Light-Saber for my step-son.  After that it usually will end up in a pile of odds and ends in a wheelbarrow stashed in the yard.


Here is my solution, I call it the “Tuner in a Box”. Rather than going thru some elaborate diatribe on how to create this tuner I will just show you one first.  I am sure you will have that, “Hey that is nifty, why didn’t I think of that?”

So here is it..

Several Things to Consider:

  • Make sure the box is small enough so it isn’t wobbly.
  • I like to staple the box to my wooden bench for added support
  • Make sure you open the top and bottom of the box so your arrow is only going thru one piece of paper
  • You could support the sides of the box with books or even bricks
  • If you doubt it test it against a full-size tuner, the results are the same
  • This could also work in camp

I have always said, we often make these too difficult, this quick little trick should help you out.




Category: General