Monthly Archives: May 2014

WMA and Coyote Contests

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This is Interesting…

EDIT – I just found out that this isn’t new it is just a clarification of the rule I guess you can’t hunt ANYTHING on a WMA unless you have a valid tag… and then if you have a valid tag and you see a coyote then you can whack it… but you need a tag for something on the WMA… You can’t even hunt small game… Hmm… We need some input on this..



New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832
Public contact: (888) 248-6866


ALBUQUERQUE– The New Mexico State Game Commission prohibits coyote-killing contests and the hunting of nongame species, including rabbits, prairie dogs or coyotes on its Wildlife Management Areas. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish manages New Mexico’s Wildlife Management Area system and promotes wildlife conservation throughout the state.

Only one Wildlife Management Area, Water Canyon, allows hunting for nongame species as a management tool for the non-native Himalayan tahr, a large ungulate related to the wild goat.

Commission-owned properties such as Edward Sargent, Heart Bar, Lake Roberts, Pecos Canyon properties and the Rio Chama, provide wildlife safe places during crucial breeding and wintering times. They also give visitors opportunities to access some of the most beautiful and wild places in New Mexico. Visitors to these areas must abide by all restrictions and posted notices.

Learn more about Wildlife Management Area activities and closures by under “Conservation” or by clicking here.

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How about some fly fishing for Gila Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Click the image to watch the video.



Donated Youth Licenses

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Great Job Game and Fish..




New Mexico youths can receive donated hunting licenses

ALBUQUERQUE – The State Game Commission has approved the nonprofit organization, the Donald R. Kemp Youth Hunting Club of Las Cruces, to qualify youths to receive donated hunting licenses and permits.


At its May 15 meeting, the commission amended a rule in January that allows those who cannot use a hunting license or permit to transfer it to youths 17 years of age or younger who have been qualified through an approved nonprofit organization that promotes youth hunting. The change allows those who cannot use a hunting license to donate it to the Department of Game and Fish so it can be transferred to a youth.


The club is the first nonprofit to be approved under the new rule. The original rule restricted transfers to individuals identified by wish-granting organizations. Frequently these organizations were unable to locate appropriate recipients who could use the licenses and potential donations were left unused.


For more information about how to donate a hunting license or to learn how nonprofits can be approved by the commission, please contact the department at (888) 248-6866.

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NMWF Reporter

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Attached is the most recent NMWF Outdoor Reporter.

Spring 2015

Spring 2014

Winter 2014

Fall 2013

Summer 2013


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I know there have been a few concerns about the new Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument.   Personally, I think this is a good thing.

Here is a quote from the document

“Nothing in this proclamation shall be deemed to enlarge or diminish the jurisdiction of the State of New Mexico, including its jurisdiction and authority with respect to fish and wildlife management.”

Here is a link to the actual document: presidential-proclamation-organ-mountains-desert

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I look foward to working with Dir. Sandoval…



New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832
Public contact: (888) 248-6866


Game Commission names Alexandra Sandoval Department of Game and Fish director

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexandra Sandoval, a 20-year employee of the Department of Game and Fish, is the department’s new director, the State Game Commission announced Thursday.

Sandoval, currently the department’s chief financial officer and Administrative Services Division chief, was selected among four finalists chosen after a nationwide search that began Jan. 24 and ended March 24.

Sandoval began her career with the department in 1994 as a district wildlife officer (game warden) in Roswell and Clayton. She went on to become a wildlife specialist, federal grant manager, licensing supervisor and Administrative Services Division chief and chief financial officer. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

As the second woman director in the department’s 101-year history, Sandoval will be responsible for managing a state wildlife agency with more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $38 million.

The other finalists were Edward “Ted” Koch, Nevada state supervisor for Ecological Services and Fisheries programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Brian Wakeling, Wildlife Management Branch supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department; and Matthew Wunder, chief of Ecological and Environmental Planning for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

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Comments Off on 1,600 trout over the limit… Sickening

THIS IS SICKENING… I hope they toss the book at this guy




New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832 Public contact: (888) 248-6866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 14, 2014:

After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officers found and seized more than 1,600 rainbow trout, more than 160 times the legal possession limit, in a Clovis home Saturday, May 10. The tip came through the department’s anonymous tip line, Operation Game Thief. Bounchanh Bounsombath of Clovis was arrested Monday, May 12, after department officers executed a search warrant at a home on North Connelly Street. Bounsombath, 62, admitted to catching all the fish at Green Acres Lake and Denis Chaves Pond in northwest Clovis. “Never in my whole career have I encountered this before,” Col. Robert Griego said. “The extreme excess of this case is aggravating. The department stocks these fish for all sportsmen and women, young and old, with the desire that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the fish.” The department regularly stocks rainbow trout during the winter and spring months at Green Acres and Denis Chaves to provide local fishing opportunities in Clovis. Department hatchery workers released approximately 10,000 rainbow trout into Green Acres and Denis Chaves between November 2013 and March 2014. Daily bag and possession limits help ensure opportunities for everyone. Licensed anglers may catch and keep up to five rainbow trout per day and may possess up to 10 rainbow trout at their residence. “A single call to Operation Game Thief resulted in Department Conservation officers seizing more than 1,600 illegally possessed trout,” Griego said. “If concerned citizens notice suspicious activity, even if they think it is something small, we encourage them to report it right away.” Bounsombath was booked into the Curry County Detention Center. His bond was set at $2,500. The department will seek $8,000 in civil restitution for the state to recover the loss of the trout. A tip to Operation Game Thief led to citations and Bounsombath pleading guilty to charges of unlawful possession of rainbow trout and exceeding the bag limit in the Clovis Magistrate court in 2013. Anyone with information about wildlife crimes is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief, (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if information leads to charges being filed.

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